Council backs Green proposals on fuel poverty and empty homes

Edinburgh City Council has backed Green proposals over tackling empty homes and fuel poverty.

In the Council Budget debate today (13 February) the Greens put forward an package of new investment in schools, footways and tackling fuel poverty. The party also sought support for new projects for school playgrounds, empty homes and community food.

As part of his speech Finance Convenor, Alasdair Rankin, indicated that he accepted, in principle, the proposals on fuel poverty and empty homes.

Green Finance Spokesperson, Cllr Gavin Corbett, said:

“I’m pleased that the Coalition has accepted, in principle, two of the Green proposals to tackle empty homes and fuel poverty. We’ll look forward to discussing those in detail so that they make a real difference on the ground.

“I also welcome commitments to look further at how the Living Wage can be rolled out to third sector organisations and at energy savings and renewables at the council’s two outdoor centres in Argyll and Speyside.

“However, there remains a real need to gear up our investment in buildings like schools and in transport. That was the clear warning from officers going into the budget process; to stand still is to go backwards. Our capital city needs capital investment.”