Action on fuel prices is needed

ENERGY firms have been criticised for price hikes when millions are suffering fuel poverty.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

MSPs debated fuel poverty in the Scottish Parliament with ministers urged to spend more and do more to ensure people can afford to heat their homes.

The Scottish Government said it was doing what it could to help alleviate the situation, but the real power lay with Westminster and issued six demands for action.

They include better regulation of the energy sector, cheaper tarifs and cash from suppliers to fund energy efficient measures.

Energy firms, Westminster and the Scottish Government were all blamed in turn during the debate.

Neil Bibby, west of Scotland, Labour MSP, said: "We have seen price rises in the last year of between 6% and 11% by the big six firms.

"Energy giants should not be allowed to get away with inflation busting price hikes when they are making massive profits."

The Conservatives said the Scottish Government was making the situation worse by pursuing renewable energy through wind power.

Murdo Fraser MSP said wind farms were a reason bills were rising and were contributing to fuel poverty.

Housing Minister Margaret said that the Scottish Government was doing what it could within its powers to protect people from rising bills and to make homes more energy efficient.

She said: "While we are doing everything we can within our devolved powers... we need immediate action from the UK Government, energy companies and Ofgem to help more households across Scotland where fuel bills mean people are struggling to make ends meet."

stewart.paterson@ eveningtimes.co.uk

Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

113573

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

The sight of wee dolphins choking to death on discarded supermarket bags helped me change me use reusable shoppers

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You Couldn't Make This Up

The secret world of the wheelie bin.

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.