Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has backed plans by the Scottish Liberal Democrats to end fuel poverty by 2025. The plan comes as part of a wider initiative to spend £100bn over five years to combat climate change. The Liberal Democrat manifesto will commit to raising the energy efficiency standards for new homes alongside investing £15 billion over the next Parliament to retrofit 26 million homes. A Liberal Democrat government would allocate a share of the £15bn investment for homes in Scotland and work in partnership with the Scottish Government. This would save the average household £550 a year on energy bills. Current Scottish Government plans would still leave up to 5% of households in fuel poverty as late as 2040.
Mr. Carmichael said:
“I am glad that my party is showing leadership on fuel poverty. This is a critical issue for families throughout Scotland, and particularly in rural areas.
"We already know that fuel poverty rates in the Northern Isles are some of the highest in Scotland, at 57% in Orkney and 44% in Shetland. Saving households an average of £550 per year on energy bills will make a direct impact on people's lives right here in our communities."
"2025 may seem like an ambitious goal to eliminate fuel poverty but it is both possible and necessary. Making homes both greener and warmer is a win-win plan for people across the country and for the planet."