Motion ref. S5M-23855
Big Energy Saving Month 2021
Submitted by: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Emma Harper, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Gil Paterson, Colin Smyth, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance, Sandra White
Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support
That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Big Energy Saving Month 2021 campaign by Citizens Advice Scotland; notes that the campaign, which runs from 11 to 31 January, aims to help people cut their energy bills and get the financial support they are entitled to; understands that 600,000 households in Scotland, over one in four, find themselves in fuel poverty, a figure that official estimates suggest could rise to 29% as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; congratulates Citizens Advice Scotland on a campaign that raises public awareness of how simple changes, such as switching energy supplier or tariff, accessing discounts or grants and making homes more energy efficient, can make a big difference; recognises, however, that fuel poverty is a continuing problem for those struggling with energy bills, with inefficient and expensive heating systems, or not being able to access discounts and support online, and notes the calls on the UK Government to introduce a package of financial measures, such as increasing UK statutory sick pay to the EU national average, increasing child benefit and making the universal credit uplift permanent, as well as extending it to legacy benefits, in order to assist many of those households experiencing problems in meeting their energy costs.