Tue 2 Aug, 2022

The Scottish Greens have called for real and immediate action from the Treasury before household bills go up again. It comes at a time when oil and gas companies are recording billions in profits.

The Scottish Greens environment spokesperson, Mark Ruskell MSP, said:

"It is obscene that oil and gas companies are raking in record profits while millions of households are being hit like never before by bills that are about to get even higher. It is not even a case of families being forced to choose between heating and eating, as many are already finding themselves unable to afford either."

“Things can't go on like this. We need real and immediate action from the Treasury before costs go up again. That means a meaningful windfall tax to deliver real relief for people here and now, but it also means a major investment in renewable energy so that we can finally break the link between fossil fuel prices and household bills."

"There is no time to waste. The cost of living crisis and the climate crisis are two sides of the same coin. They are the challenge of this generation and of future generations. It is time for the UK government to finally step-up and take the climate action that is needed to reduce bills and accelerate our pathway towards a just transition away from fossil fuels.”

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