McArthur backs calls for new Warm Homes Act


Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has backed fresh calls for Scottish Government to deliver a new Warm Homes Act.

Campaigners, including WWF Scotland, have called for a new Warm Homes Act that will help deliver clean, affordable heat to homes.

In Orkney, according to the latest Scottish Housing Statistics, fuel poverty is on the rise with 63% of households in Orkney classed as fuel poor and 30% of households judged to be in extreme fuel poverty, more than anywhere else in Scotland.

During the election campaign the Scottish Liberal Democrats committed to creating catch-up zones to tackle fuel poverty in remote and island areas which have fallen behind in getting homes insulated and warm.

Mr McArthur has said this ambition, “should be incorporated into a Warm Homes Act that will also secure the growth of district heating and renewable heat.”

Commenting further, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:

"Fuel poverty remains a huge challenge in Scotland and particularly in Orkney where 63% of households are fuel poor, more than anywhere else in Scotland.

“In 2016 it seems absurd that anyone should be forced to choose between heating their homes or buying food for their family but that is the situation in which many people find themselves.

"We need the SNP government to deliver the Warm Homes Act that was promised during the election campaign. We know that district heating has the potential to make a huge difference, cutting both energy bills and carbon emissions. The calls from campaigners are welcome and we need ministers to listen."

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