GORDON MP Richard Thomson met with constituents at the end of their march across Aberdeen in support of the Warm This Winter MP pledge.
Commenting, Mr Thomson said:
“I was pleased to meet with constituents to discuss the Warm this Winter campaign and wider efforts to tackle the spiralling cost of energy.
It is shameful that the UK Government continue to refuse to take the steps needed to tackle the dual crises of the spiralling cost of living and the climate emergency.
I am proud of the steps that have already been taken by the Scottish Government to try and mitigate the inaction of the Westminster Government, but the scale of these crises and key policy areas such as energy remaining wholly devolved pose a challenge to the Scottish Government’s response.
Within the limited powers of devolution, the Scottish Government are doing all they can to protect people and the environment. Since 2009, the SNP-led Scottish Government have allocated over £1bn to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency. I welcome First Minister Humza Yousaf’s recent announcement that the Scottish Government’s Fuel Insecurity Fund will be tripled to £30 million.”
John Johnstone, a constituent who took part in the march to Richard Thomson’s Gordon constituency office, said,
“Greenpeace volunteers met Richard Thomson MP at his constituency office on Saturday and shared the messages we’ve collected from other local people about how they are experiencing the cost of living crisis and that they want solutions such as home insulation.
Richard was very supportive of the Warm This Winter mass lobby and said that ‘no one should have to choose between heating and eating’.
We’re really pleased that at the meeting, Richard Thomson MP pledged to call for the expansion of Government-funded home insulation schemes, heat pump installation, more investment in renewable energy, and further support for vulnerable households with their energy bills. We look forward to hearing from him soon about how he will be pushing for the Energy Bill to work for the constituents of Gordon and make our homes warmer and bills cheaper.”
The meeting came following widespread criticism of the Spring Statement and the UK Government’s so-called ‘Green Day’.