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.
“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.”