Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

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Families in Cunninghame South shouldn’t have to choose between heating and eating

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That’s the message from Labour Councillor Joe Cullinane as new figures reveal the SNP Government in Edinburgh plan to cut the fuel poverty budget by £15 million – a 13% cut to the current budget.

The latest estimates suggest that 39% of households in North Ayrshire live in fuel poverty. 

Joe Cullinane, the Labour and Co-operative candidate for Cunninghame South, backs plans for a Warm Homes Act, which will change building and planning regulations to tackle fuel poverty. 

Joe said: 

“No family in Cunninghame South should have to choose between heating and eating. 

“In 2001 the last Labour-led Scottish Government set ambitious legislation to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016. We know the SNP Government will miss that target, with the latest estimates show that 39% of all households in North Ayrshire live in fuel poverty. 

“So it beggars belief that the SNP Government in Edinburgh plan a huge cut to the fuel poverty budget. 

“Scottish Labour will take real action on fuel poverty. We will deliver ground-breaking legislation in the form of a Scottish Warm Homes Act. 

“With new powers coming to Scotland we have the chance to really do things differently. After a decade in office and with a majority in Parliament there are no excuses for the SNP failing to deal with fuel poverty.”

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