Fri 30 Sep, 2016

We need to be scaling this work up immediately to tackle the scourge of fuel poverty, create good jobs and cut our climate emissions. Mark Ruskell MSP

Responding to the news that councils have been given £8.2million by the Scottish Government to pilot energy efficiency schemes, Mark Ruskell MSP, Climate & Energy spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:

"While every energy efficiency project will make a real difference, the scale of ambition we're seeing from the Scottish Government simply isn't good enough. £8m is a drop in the ocean compared to what we could be doing by addressing Scotland's cold and expensive to heat homes street by street.

"In the last Scottish budget ministers cut funding for fuel poverty measures, and although they agree with the Greens that energy efficient housing should be a national infrastructure priority they have yet to allocate the appropriate funds. The time for pilot projects is long past. We need to be scaling this work up immediately to tackle the scourge of fuel poverty, create good jobs and cut our climate emissions."

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