MP Whiteford makes fuel poverty call

BANFF and Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford has called on the UK Government to do more to tackle fuel poverty, claiming that people are in a “constant battle with rising prices.”

Her call came after it emerged that the Chancellor had pocketed £1.4 billion over the last year in VAT from domestic energy bills.

“While vulnerable households in Scotland worry how they are going to afford their winter fuel bills the Chancellor is raking in record amounts of VAT from gas and electricity bills”, said Dr Whiteford.

“Fuel poverty is a disgrace in energy-rich Scotland, and if the UK Government does not want to help then they should transfer the energy and

economic powers from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament to allow the Scottish Government to act.”