North East MSP Mike Rumbles, and the Scottish Liberal Democrats, have today condemned the Scottish Government for missing its own warm homes target by almost a million homes.
SNP ministers today announced that they are defaulting on their commitment to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016, missing it by 845,000 households.
Mr Rumbles said: “Almost a million of our most vulnerable people and families across Scotland are still wondering how they are going to afford a warm home this winter, many of them in the North East.
“The Scottish Government had a statutory responsibility to eradicate fuel poverty, and they have utterly failed to do that. Moreover, they spent months telling people before the election in May that that would not happen – this was blatantly false.
“The SNP have failed to deliver in every respect, and have left many older people and youngsters in danger. That is why we need urgent measures to deliver warmer homes, especially in rural communities which have fallen behind. We are calling for a Warm Homes Act to force the SNP into action.”
Notes for editors:
- The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 requires the Scottish Government to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016 ‘so far as reasonably practicable’.
- The Scottish Government refused to admit throughout the run-up to May’s election that this would be missed, however, despite more than one-in-three Scots households being in fuel poverty and one-in-ten in extreme fuel poverty. Ministers finally admitted in June that the target would be missed.