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Man-Made Energy Fiasco: A Third Of Scottish Homes Face Fuel Poverty

September 5, 2012

Middle-earning Scottish household will start struggling to heat and power their homes from this year thanks to large hikes in energy costs, according to an official study. The number of homes north of the Border in “fuel poverty” is expected to have increased rapidly to 800,000 last year – more than a third of the total – thanks to rising energy bills.

Alex Neil, the SNP Infrastructure Minister, said: “Scotland is an energy rich nation and no one should have to choose between heating and eating.

“That is why we are continuing to lobby the UK Government to take a firmer stance with energy companies.”

But Alex Johnstone, Scottish Tory housing spokesman, blamed the SNP’s “obsession with renewables”. He said: “The Scottish Government’s policy of pursuing wind generated electricity is causing household energy bills to rise, intensifying the fuel poverty situation across Scotland as a result.”

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