Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for South of Scotland, has called on the UK Government to look into escalating costs of fuel oil, amid reports that customers in the Clydesdale area are being told to wait up to four weeks for fresh deliveries. A number of constituents have contacted Aileen expressing concern about the cost and delays to receiving fuel oil during the severe weather conditions.

The Scottish Government has been working with fuel suppliers to ensure logistical support for deliveries, but the regulation of energy prices and supply is reserved to the Westminster Government. Aileen has written to the UK Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, asking what steps the UK Government is taking to ensure customers in rural areas are charged a fair price for their fuel oil, especially during extreme weather conditions.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell MSP said:

"There are concerning reports that households and businesses in Clydesdale and across the South of Scotland are struggling with the costs of heating oil and getting deliveries at the right time.

"In many rural areas with no mains gas, people have no choice but to use domestic oil for their heating needs. In the cold weather, there is obviously increased demand, which seems to be affecting both costs and availability of supplies.

"I know that the SNP Scottish Government is working with energy companies to help with logistics around getting supplies to the right place at the right time, but regulation remains reserved to Westminster and the UK Government and that’s why I’ve written to the Energy Secretary calling for action.

"In the meantime, advice and support about keeping homes insulated and monitoring fuel usage is available from the Energy Advice Hotline on 0800 512 012 and I would encourage anyone with concerns about their energy use to call the line for advice and information."



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