Rising domestic fuel prices push CPIH and CPI inflation rates to levels last seen over 40 years ago
Producing over 100% of its own energy needs through renewables, mostly wind, in Orkney we pay the most to buy back our own electricity. Why? And is there a solution?
“the Scottish Government estimates that, even with current UK Government mitigations, at least 700,000 households in Scotland – 30% of all households – will be living in extreme fuel poverty by October. That number could be even higher, if the Ofgem price cap for October 2022 is above £2,800. ” Nicola Sturgeon
Emma Roddick MSP: “concern for the winter ahead has been a prevalent issue for most constituents I have met.
“The scale of support that will be required after a 77% price increase ahead of the coming winter is almost unthinkable”
In Quebec “fuel poverty is at 7%, compared to an estimated 44% in Orkney after the April 2022 price cap rise” Robert Leslie
“This scale of increase is unsustainable and will push a massive number of additional Orkney households into #fuelpoverty – we need intervention now and a change to the broken UK energy system.” Robert Leslie
“We’d urge anyone keen to look at making their home warmer and more energy efficient to get in touch and find out more.” Ross Armstrong, Chief Executive of Warmworks
Emma Roddick MSP: Finding a “balance in achieving net-zero whilst also not pushing island communities further into fuel poverty”
“A greener country cannot just mean flashy statistics; it has to also mean that those living here can afford to heat their homes in winter without starving.”
Affordable warmth charity THAW Orkney is calling on all candidates in the forthcoming Orkney Islands Council election to back its manifesto for affordable warmth in Orkney.
Islanders may find this hard to take in but building standards applied across the UK would make homes in areas with the highest rates of fuel poverty even draughtier.