Funding for warm homes welcomed, but needs to go further
The Scottish Government recently announced £20 million to increasing energy efficiency and improving cycling and walking infrastructure. This is a welcome move in recognition of the problem of poorly insulated homes and resulting fuel poverty in Scotland. Although this is a step in the right direction, Patrick has argued that it doesn’t go far enough.
The funds aren’t sufficient to adequately address the problem of fuel poverty and alleviate the difficulties many face in heating their homes. Throughout discussions before the budget announcement, he urged the Scottish Ministers to do more and make a greater commitment to insulating homes.
In response to the budget announcement, Patrick said:
“Increasing investment in fuel poverty measures by £20million is a welcome step but is still below what’s really required. 40 per cent of Scottish households – at 940,000 a record number – are suffering. We must ramp up our efforts to eradicate this national scandal.
“It’s also disappointing that the Scottish Government continues to keep local authorities in an armlock on raising revenue, and that the public sector pay freeze is set to stay.”
Patrick will continue to urge the Scottish Government to improve energy efficiency measures for homes and working on the Rent Rights campaign.