Local News for Tuesday 7th May 2019
ISLES MP QUIZZES MICHAEL GOVE MP ON ISLES INTERCONNECTOR
Speaking in a recent Climate Change debate in the House of Commons, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil asked Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP to push Ofgem to approve a 600MW interconnector for the Western Isles.
Mr MacNeil said: “A major help in reducing the UK’s Carbon footprint is the inclusion of a 600MW interconnector to the mainland – from the best wind resource in Europe.
“At the moment Ofgem are talking about a 450MW link, for just 4p more for the billpayer, we could do a lot more.
“Will he stamp on Ofgem and when they talk about concerns for the consumer, will they talk about concerns for the consumer’s environment and not a tawdry 4p on people’s bill.”
Mr Gove said it was a ‘fair point well made’ although adding it was a decision for Ofgem.
Mr MacNeil had been contacted by many constituents asking him to take part in the Opposition Day Climate Change debate.
MSP ASKS ISLANDERS TO CHECK PENSION CREDIT ENTITLEMENT
Alasdair Allan, the Islands SNP MSP is calling on all pensioners living on a low income with a partner of working age to urgently check their eligibility for Pension Credit and Housing Benefit and put in a claim before the Government changes the rules on 15th May.[iii]
The UK Government’s change, will see the right to claim Pension Credit and Housing Benefit – important tools in the fight against pensioner poverty – withdrawn from future claimants who happen to have a partner who hasn’t yet reached their own pensionable age.
This move will have severe financial consequences for all those affected. Age Scotland and Alasdair Allan MSP are warning that this could have a devastating impact on some of the Western Isles’ poorest older residents, and are urging anyone who may be entitled to claim benefits to call the Age Scotland helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for a free benefit and entitlements check before 15th May.
Mr Allan and the Lewis & Harris branch of the SNP lodged a successful motion at the party’s annual conference on recently which saw SNP delegates slam the UK Government for introducing these changes and back calls for their reversal.