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|The SNP Government today announced new
steps to tackle fuel poverty - especially to benefit young families.
Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil today launched the £60
million ‘Energy Assistance Package’ which will be available from
The scheme will include benefit and tax credit and tariff checks to
ensure that Glasgow’s residents are receiving the correct income and
are paying the correct bill, as well as providing central heating
Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said:
"One quarter of Scottish households are now classed as fuel poor. In
a modern Scotland that sobering statistic casts a shadow over the
"The most vulnerable members of society will be targeted -
pensioners and for the first time, low income families. I want to
see incomes boosted, fuel bills reduced and energy efficiency
improved in homes.
"All this is underpinned by a record 60 million pounds from the
Scottish Government, and will lever in additional CERT funding from
the energy companies worth up to 100 million pounds.
"The rest of the UK is playing follow the leader as we prepare to
introduce the Energy Assistance Package, which will help meet fuel
poverty and our wider poverty, climate change and energy
SNP MSP for Glasgow Bob Doris welcomed the scheme saying;
"This is a very welcome announcement from the Scottish Government
and I am pleased they are continuing to fight the problem of fuel
poverty by acting on the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum’s report so
quickly. This will go along way to helping the residents of Glasgow.
"Fuel Poverty is a serious problem not only in our city but across
the whole of Scotland with one in four households now class as fuel
poor. During these times of economic uncertainty and job losses, it
is good to see a Government acting and attempting to boost incomes,
lower fuel bills and improve energy efficiency - London Labour
should follow suit."