North East MSP Richard Baker has called on the Scottish Government to step up their work to tackle fuel poverty after figures published today showed that there were 100,000 more houses living in fuel poverty and 27,000 more living in extreme fuel poverty across Scotland in 2013 than there were in 2012.
The MSP highlighted that the climate in the North East makes it even more difficult to tackle fuel poverty in the region with particular concern over its affects on older people locally.
The rise in households living in fuel poverty show that the Scottish Government is even further off meeting its target of eradicating fuel poverty by 2016.
Mr Baker said: “This rise in fuel poverty is simply unacceptable. It means that there will be people in the North East suffering from fuel poverty this Christmas and in all likelihood a greater number than last year. These figures mean that there will be too many low income families and older people having to make the choice between heating and eating this winter.
“It is time that Ministers stop paying lip service to a target they are clearly not doing enough to meet and start taking more practical steps to ensure that we have fewer people, not more, living in fuel poverty.”