Fuel poverty is a “disgrace”

Michael McMahon
Michael McMahon

Uddingston and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon has backed Scottish Labour plans for a Warms Homes Act.

Nearly one million homes in Scotland live in fuel poverty including many in the Uddingston and Bellshill constituency.

McMahon believes it is a “national disgrace” that more than half of all low income families in Scotland are struggling with energy bills despite family members being in work.

Labour wishes to overhaul planning and building regulations so Scots can take advantage of home-grown sustainable heating technologies as well as placing a duty on landlords to improve properties.

Mr McMahon said: “It is a national disgrace that in modern day Scotland more than half of our low income families are struggling with energy bills despite being in work.

“I know that applies to families in the Uddingston and Bellshill constituency and that’s why I want to see action.

“Scottish Labour would introduce a Warm Homes Act which would overhaul regulations and get Scotland ready for an energy efficiency revolution so that no one has to live in a home which they can’t afford to heat.

“This is a hat-trick for a better Scotland. The Act will create jobs, tackle fuel poverty and mean we live up to our aspirations to be a world leader in tackling climate change.”