Johnstone secures agreement on energy efficient homes

Alison Johnstone, Green MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s economy and energy committee, has secured agreement from Finance Secretary John Swinney that energy efficient homes should be a national infrastructure priority.

Alison Johnstone 1Ms Johnstone questioned the minister in committee, pointing out that retrofitting existing housing stock could create up to 9,000 jobs.

WWF Scotland and Energy Action Scotland have said that the Scottish Government’s proposed budget for 2015-16 does little to reduce fuel poverty.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“I welcome the finance secretary’s agreement that stopping heat leaking from our housing stock should be a national infrastructure priority. He clearly recognised the economic impact, not just in terms of cutting people’s bills but also in terms of creating thousands of high quality jobs and apprenticeships.

“If we’re serious about making up lost ground after three years of missing our climate change targets, and if we’re serious about creating jobs and cutting household costs, we need to see a big shift in funding in this budget.

“Mr Swinney agrees it should be a priority; let’s see if he will follow through with funding.”

 

Pictured is Alison Johnstone Green MSP for Lothian

The draft budget 2015-16 can be found at Draft Budget and the submission of Energy Action Scotland can be found at EAS 

 

 

 

 

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