Power giant SSE must do more to reduce the 2p per unit surcharge being paid by electricity consumers in the Highlands and islands.
That was the call from a delegation from the area who were meeting representatives of SSE today at the firm’s headquarters in Perth.
The Highlands and Islands representatives also asked that SSE look into strengthening the Hydro Benefit Replacement Scheme which was originally designed to equalise prices across the UK but is now way below the amount brought in by the 2p surcharge.
Angus McCormack of the Western Isles Poverty Action Group said it was disappointing that SSE’s Chief Executive did not meet with them but they had asked the company representatives to explore further what could be done to reduce prices in the Highlands and Islands where many people are in fuel poverty and extreme fuel poverty.
He said: “It is ridiculous that in an area which actually produces clean electricity that people are genuinely living in hardship and not being able to properly heat their homes. For a company that made £1.5bn pounds of profit last year to effectively wash their hands of this is unacceptable. We would ask SSE to take this matter seriously and do something from their own vast resources for their customers in the Highlands and Islands.”
The Highlands and Islands delegation consisted of Mr McCormack, John Maciver of Hebridean Housing Partnership, Donnie Mackay from Skye and Lochalsh Housing Association and Di Alexander from Lochaber Housing Association.