The Western Isles should be given priority in the smart meter roll-out, it was claimed today.

Stornoway North councillor Gordon Murray has written to SSE acknowledging the 'value of addressing fuel poverty that a smart meter has'.

He said: “With the high levels of fuel poverty in our local authority increasing in the last four years from 50% to 71% - levels which are unacceptable in our society, there is an urgent need for coordinated action involving National and Local politicians and stakeholders in the energy market."

"Energy suppliers hold a critical position as they have the primary relationship with consumers.  In this context can I firstly ask if you would prioritise the installation of smart meters into every household in the Western Isles?"

Smart meters, said Cllr Murray, would help the most vulnerable households in the Western Isles regulate energy use and 'go some way to reducing bills'.

Councillor Murray has also raised the concerns of Stornoway constituents who have been told that Smart Meters will not be installed on LPG systems.

He commented: “Angus Macneil MP has confirmed that he will write to the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change and to Ofgem, to see what can be done to help LPG customers access Smart Meters.”