Fuel poverty

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WE MAY sympathise with Sally Foster-Fulton’s idealism to “love the neighbour by ending fuel poverty” (Perspective, 3 August). However, setting up community projects – presumably with even more subsidies – isn’t the answer to the problem.

What evidence is there that existing projects benefit low income households, pensioners and the unemployed? Arguably, these projects exacerbate “fuel poverty” as every household fuel bill contributes to green energy projects.

Perhaps the Kirk’s Church and Society council was on the right lines calling for “reducing inequality”. This can’t be done unless there is a commitment to a redistribution of income and wealth. Radical economics recognises that “community” can only be created by a transformation of economy and society.

Ellis Thorpe

Inverurie, Aberdeenshire