Wed 11 May, 2022

The UK Government’s wait and see approach to those struggling with the cost of living crisis is appalling, Scottish Greens energy and climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said today.

Mr Ruskell made the comments after questioning UK Energy Minister Greg Hands at a session of the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee this morning.

Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“The UK Government is being cold and dismissive of the plight faced by families in fuel poverty.

“It’s not acceptable to adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach when people are going hungry in order to pay their household energy bills.

“Mr Hands suggests the Scottish Government do more, while wilfully ignoring that energy policy is reserved to the UK.

“The UK Government’s failure to levy a windfall tax on sky high energy profits is a dereliction of duty at a time when millions across the UK simply cannot make ends meet.”

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