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Scottish government announces fuel help plan

Scottish government announces fuel help plan

Category: Gas and electricity

Updated: 31/03/2009
First Published: 30/03/2009

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Help for people struggling to pay gas & electricity bills has been announced by the Scottish government.

A total of £60 million per year is to be provided to fund the Energy Assistance Package, with the aim of supporting those facing fuel poverty.

Nicola Sturgeon, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, explained that the elderly, those on low incomes and families with young children will be targeted.

Tariff checks will be carried out to ensure people are not paying too much on their bills, while benefits and insulation will be provided.

"Previous fuel poverty schemes did not properly target fuel poverty," said Ms Sturgeon, adding that the new package "leads the way in the UK and will reach out to assist more people in Scotland than ever before".

Recent figures from Consumer Focus revealed that 44 per cent of people have cut back on spending on essential items such as food in order to compensate for rising fuel bills.

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