Friday, November 15, 2019
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UK Government plans to introduce an energy price cap must mean an end to the Highland energy rip-off, the MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has said.

After Theresa May promised to “end to rip-off energy prices once and for all”, Kate Forbes MSP said the Prime Minister must now end the surcharge that sees residents of energy-rich rural Scotland hit with higher bills.

Currently Highland customers face a 2p electricity surcharge which leaves them with higher bills – despite the region facing some of the highest rates of fuel poverty in the country.

Kate Forbes MSP hopes to raise the matter in the Scottish Parliament chamber on Thursday (26 October), if her general question on the issue is selected.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch said: “Highland Scotland is energy rich, with huge potential as a green energy powerhouse.

“The SNP’s commitment to establishing a publicly-owned, not-for-profit energy company will ensure that the public greater choice and the option of a supplier whose only job is to secure the lowest price for consumers.

“But residents in the Highlands face a completely unfair surcharge on their bills, despite the region facing amongst the highest rates of fuel poverty and often being most exposed to extreme weather.

“If Theresa May is serious about tackling high electricity bills, it’s time for her to end the Highland energy rip-off and tackle this surcharge as part of her price cap.

“I intend to ask the Scottish Government to join me in pressing the UK Government to ending unfair energy price discrimination.”

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