SNP CONFERENCE COMMITMENTS PROVIDE “RADICAL CHANGE” FOR SCOTLAND, SAYS MP

14th October 2017

PUBLIC ENERGY COMPANY, INCREASED CHILDCARE AND HOUSING COMMITMENT INCLUDED IN RAFT OF ANNOUNCEMENTS

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has hailed commitments announced at the SNP Conference last week as a major step forward for Scotland and will achieve “radical change”.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that the Scottish Government would establish a publicly-owned, not-for-profit energy company to deliver low-cost renewable energy. Energy would be sold to customers “as close to cost price as possible”.

The proposals have been welcomed by energy regulator Ofgem.

There was also a commitment to double spending on early years’ education and childcare to £840 million which would save parents £350 a month.

On housing, to achieve the Scottish Government’s target of 35,000 homes for social rent by the end of the Parliament, local authorities that don’t use assigned funding to build new housing will have that money taken back and given to a council that will.

Commenting, Marion said:

“The First Minister’s announcements will bring radical change to people across Scotland.

“Energy is a public necessity and it is not just that private individuals are able to profit off the public need. The SNP’s plans will revolutionise energy provision in Scotland enabling us to cut household spending on energy, meet our green targets and create jobs.

“Doubling childcare spending will also allow more people, especially on low incomes, to enter or increase their time in the workplace.

“Tougher regulations on money meant to build social housing will ensure those homes are being built or the money will be given to a local authority that will.

“The SNP is getting on with the day job and we are committed to radically changing the lives of people in Scotland for the better.”