Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP, Rhoda Grant has backed Scottish Labour plans for a Warms Homes Act.
Nearly one million homes in Scotland live in fuel poverty, including many in the Highlands and Islands.
Rhoda Grant said it was a ‘national disgrace’ that more than half of all low income families in Scotland are struggling with energy bills despite family members being in work.
Labour’s commitment to a Warm Homes Act will overhaul planning and building regulations so Scots can take advantage of home-grown sustainable heating technologies and place a duty on landlords to improve properties and address fuel poverty.
Rhoda Grant went on to say: “It is a national disgrace that in modern day Scotland more than half of our low income families are struggling with energy bills despite being in work.
“I know that applies to families across the Highlands & Islands that’s why I want to see action.
“Scottish Labour would introduce a Warm Homes Act which would overhaul regulations and get Scotland ready for an energy efficiency revolution so that no one has to live in a home which they can’t afford to heat.
“This is hat trick for a better Scotland. A Warm Homes Act will create jobs, tackle fuel poverty and mean we live up to our aspirations to be a world leader in tackling climate change.”