I WOULD like to applaud SNP MP Marion Fellows for introducing a Ten Minute Rule motion in the House of Commons, calling for a “social energy tariff” to assist those struggling to stay warm, including the disabled and those who are dependent on their energy for health reasons.

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But as Marion Fellows informed the House, this motion would not have been necessary if the Conservative government had honoured their own commitment to open a consultation on introducing a “social energy tariff” in the summer of 2023. To date there has been no action.

Is it not appalling that in energy-rich Scotland fuel poverty is a major issue, and has many consequences resulting in health issues for thousands? Energy policy is reserved to Westminster, however thanks to the SNP Holyrood government we have a Fuel Insecurity Fund here in Scotland, established to mitigate Westminster energy policies.

Catriona C Clark