23 December 2018

Young people are more likely to be at risk of fuel poverty, Scottish Labour said today.

Scottish government figures reveal that over a third of under 35s – around 140,000 households - are living in fuel poverty.

Labour said the problem was down to the housing crisis, with young people more likely to live in the private rented sector which sees soaring levels of fuel poverty.

The party is campaigning against fuel poverty over the festive break, highlighting plans for a Mary Barbour law to improve conditions in the private rented sector, building more homes for social rent and bringing energy into public ownership to ensure fairer prices.

Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Housing and Inequalities Pauline McNeill said:

“Fuel poverty is not just an issue that affects pensioners – young people, particularly in the private rented sector, are increasingly at risk.

“Labour is campaigning to end fuel poverty this Christmas, we have a plan to ensure everyone has access to a warm, dry home and fair energy prices.

“In 2002, the last Labour-led Scottish government set a target to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016, but years of inaction from the SNP means that target was missed. Fuel poverty is a product of low income, high fuel costs, and homes with poor energy efficiency.

“The next Labour governments at Holyrood and Westminster will take action to end the scandal of fuel poverty.”

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