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06-11-2011 : SNP Government Must Ensure Consumers Are Getting Best Energy Deal Possible

Scottish Liberal Democrat Energy spokesperson, Liam McArthur MSP has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil MSP, to ask what Scottish Ministers are doing to ensure that Scottish consumers are getting the best energy deals possible.

Currently in England and Wales, four of the biggest energy companies have pledged a total of £400,000 towards the Energy Best Deal scheme. This scheme includes sessions run by the Citizens Advice Bureau and provides advice and guidance to customers on switching energy suppliers and information on tariffs.

Mr McArthur has written to the Cabinet Secretary as he is concerned that Scottish consumers might be missing out on vital advice and guidance to help them save money by getting the best energy deal.

Mr McArthur wants the Scottish Government to consider providing the same sort of advice especially as we head into another winter.

Commenting, Mr McArthur said:

“With the cost of energy continuing to soar, families and individuals right across Scotland are concerned about how they are going to pay their mounting energy bills as winter sets in.

“I am particularly concerned that many vulnerable people including the elderly are having to make a choice between paying for food or fuel.

“I want the Scottish Government to look seriously at the steps introduced in England and Wales to see what additional support can be provided to help consumers in Scotland.

“Simply changing tariffs can make a huge difference to the cost for consumers. But while consumers elsewhere in the UK will now get assistance in making these choices, the same cannot be said of their counterparts here in Scotland.

“Ministers need to work constructively with the energy companies, CAB and the UK Government to ensure that Scots are also able to benefit from this sort of advice.

“Scots must not be left out in the cold this winter.“


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