Responding to the passing of the Fuel Poverty Bill in the Scottish Parliament today, Dr Jamie Stewart, Citizens Advice Scotland’s Energy spokesperson said:
“We are pleased to see that today the Scottish Parliament has passed this important Bill, and we now want to see urgent action in helping people struggling to pay their heating bills. Our research revealed that 1 in 10 working people have had to miss an energy bill in the past year because they have run out of money, so this law was desperately needed.
“The Citizens Advice network in Scotland helps hundreds of thousands of people each year and many thousands of our clients are concerned about energy costs.
“While we would have welcomed commitments to make the targets more ambitious, the important thing is that targets have been reset, and what matters now is that action is taken quickly to really help people on the ground who are struggling. It is the policies set out in the coming Fuel Poverty Strategy that will really dictate how much progress is made on reducing fuel poverty.
“The Fuel Poverty Strategy will be tasked with delivering this action and making sure that the commitments made in the Bill are met. The Strategy must be given enough resource so that it can properly tackle the drivers of fuel poverty and end the unacceptable situation of people living in cold homes in Scotland. “