A LOCAL scheme to offer energy vouchers to food bank clients could be extended across Scotland after an SNP MSP called on the country’s biggest power companies to help tackle fuel poverty. The National told last month how Christina McKelvie, the MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, working alongside local councillor Julia Marrs, had secured support from energy giant ScottishPower piloting the project at the Hamilton District Food Bank, which has since been rolled out to Clydesdale Food Bank. With many people forced to use food banks also at risk of fuel poverty, the scheme offers credit vouchers of £49 – up to three in a year – to help them heat their homes and cook meals. McKelvie has now written to the chief executives of E.ON, British Gas, EDF, SSE and Npower, asking them to meet with her to discuss ho w the pilot is already working in practice and whether they might add their support to extending its availability across all energy providers.
The National 8th Jan 2018 read more »