MILLIONS of Scots are “freezing” this winter due to a sharp rise in fuel poverty Nicola Sturgeon was told, as she was accused by Labour of abandoning the poor at First Minister’s questions today.
Labour’s Jackie Baillie highlighted new figures on fuel poverty and stated that a million households or two million people were unable to pay for their heating bills this winter.
CONNECT WITH THE SCOTSMAN
• Subscribe to our daily newsletter (requires registration) and get the latest news, sport and business headlines delivered to your inbox every morning
The Labour MSP said the First Minister should be “ashamed” of the SNP’s record on tackling fuel poverty during its seven-and-half years in power.
Ms Baillie said: “There are two million men and women and children freezing this winter. Real people. Nicola Sturgeon should be ashamed.”
However, Ms Sturgeon hit back and accused Ms Baillie of “politically motivated distortion” over the figures the Labour MSP cited.
Ms Sturgeon accepted that the fuel poverty rate was “appalling”, but said Labour had become the “anti-SNP party”.
SCOTSMAN TABLET AND IPHONE APPS