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Call for FM to intervene as companies allowed to pursue energy bills

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 17th July 2020
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The ALLIANCE has co-signed a letter with several members and partners.

With 25% of households in Scotland live in fuel poverty and 30% of the newly unemployed destined to join them, the ALLIANCE has joined Energy Action Scotland, Age Scotland, Poverty Alliance, Child Poverty Action Group, Children in Scotland, Carers Scotland and the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance in a call to protect struggling households in Scotland from sheriff officers in the continuing uncertainty following COVID-19 lockdown.

CEO of Energy Action Scotland, Frazer Scott said,

“As lockdown restrictions ease many households are facing unprecedented hardship as they struggle with rising levels of debt.

“We are calling on our First Minister to intervene on behalf of these vulnerable households. We are willing to work with Scottish Government and energy companies to find solutions to rising energy debt and a situation which has all the makings of a humanitarian crisis come winter 2020.

“Fuel poverty kills six people in Scotland every day of winter and increased levels of fuel poverty will result in more deaths. Surely an inclusive Scotland cannot stand by and watch this happen for another winter?”

Visit Energy Action Scotland to read the letter to the First Minister (this link will take you away from our website).

 

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