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Inverness Courier petition demanding UK government ends higher electricity charges imposed on households in the Highlands and Islands signed by more than 1500 supporters; Petition launched as part of End The Chill campaign to highlight fuel poverty

By Val Sweeney

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The End the Chill campaign is raising awareness of fuel poverty.
The End the Chill campaign is raising awareness of fuel poverty.

More than 1500 people have now signed the Inverness Courier’s petition demanding the UK government ends the higher electricity charges imposed on all households in the Highlands and Islands.

It has been launched as part of our End The Chill campaign highlighting the region’s deepening fuel poverty crisis, which has attracted praise and support across the political spectrum.

Although the region is a powerhouse of renewable energy, households in the north of Scotland pay more because of outdated calculations.

A broad range of organisations have also sounded stark warnings that many more Highland households will face a bleak choice this winter between eating or heating amid spiralling energy bills.

Many of those signing the petition have also added their comments.

Alison Campbell said: "Our electricity is more expensive than elsewhere even though we are leading the way in renewable electricity production so this seems very unfair."

Thorfinn Rendall commented: "The whole system of distribution and payment needs a complete overhaul which can only benefit the north."

To sign the petition go to www.change.org/EndUnfairElectricityCharges

Courier launches petition demanding an end to unfair higher charges

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