A comment from Scotland’s National Director, Emma Jackson
Across Scotland people will now be facing a catastrophic level of financial hardship this winter. In a just and compassionate society, it is not acceptable that many people will be forced into destitution, unable to afford the basics to live.
“At CAP, we know that many of the most vulnerable households are already unable to pay skyrocketing energy prices. A great many more will be added to their number, as bills under this new price cap will have trebled since last summer.
“It is outrageous that across Scotland people are living in fear about how they will stay warm or even stay alive throughout the winter months, where we already have the highest levels of extreme fuel poverty in the UK. This will have a devastating impact on people’s physical and mental health.
“We have been told that support is coming — but there is as yet little evidence that those making those promises truly understand the scale of the problem, nor the urgency with which they must act.”