NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael is supporting yet another legislative attempt to get more government support to those who live in fuel poverty and who are to be worst hit by recent and future energy price hikes.

The Orkney and Shetland MP yesterday co-sponsored the cold climate allowance bill which could become a pathway to reducing fuel poverty if it finds government support.

The legislative initiative is led by former SNP MP for Kirkcaldy, Neale Hanvey, who defected to the Alba party in March this year.

The bill, introduced into the parliamentary system on Tuesday, aims to introduce a cold climate allowance to make additional monetary payments to all those in receipt of the state pension and other social security benefits during the winter months.

Under the bill, the UK would be split into four climatic zones, with eligible recipients receiving a higher rate of allowance depending on their location.


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