Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has criticised the Scottish Government for its “short-sighted decision” to cut £15m from its efforts to tackle fuel poverty. Speaking about the issue ahead of addressing Labour Party members in Inverness, Ms Dugdale promised that if Labour win in May’s election she will bring in a “ground-breaking” Scottish Warm Homes Act. The legislation, she said, will “deliver the changes we need to see in planning and building regulations to tackle fuel poverty”. The Labour-led Scottish executive set the target of abolishing fuel poverty by 2016, but Ms Dugdale said: “We know the SNP Government will miss that target.” She went on to say that budget cuts which will reduce spending on tackling fuel poverty by more than £15 million to £103.3 million in 2016-17 “will be devastating for low income families and pensioners i n Inverness and all across Scotland”.
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