Speaking on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2019, Liberal Democrat candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair Carmichael, has said that the day must be a call to action. National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS), the national charities seeking to end fuel poverty, organise the event to raise awareness of the issue and provide advice and support.
The Liberal Democrat manifesto commits 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:
“It is significant that this year Fuel Poverty Day falls during a national election. This is a call to action for all parties to get serious about this issue which affects people across the country. I'm glad that the Liberal Democrats have a concrete plan to stop fuel poverty by 2025 through housing improvements and better efficiency standards.
"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."
"More action must come from the Government and I welcome the NEA and EAS' efforts to raise awareness of fuel poverty. Making homes both greener and warmer is good for both local people and for our planet."