Ninety per cent of Scots consumers support energy policy devolution

One Big SwitchNine out of ten Scots think the Scottish Government should have full responsibility for energy policy matters in Scotland, a survey of over 12,000 consumers has found.

The survey was taken by households who have joined the Big Energy Switch campaign, a Scotland-wide people power campaign to cut the cost of electricity and gas in Scotland.

The survey found that of the nine out of ten Scots supporting devolving energy policy from Westminster in order to give the Scottish Parliament full control of energy policy:

  • 3 in 5 who support devolution do so because they believe the Scottish Government is best placed to make decisions regarding Scottish energy policy matters, and
  • 2 in 5 support energy policy devolution because they believe it will result in more affordable energy in Scotland.
  • The Big Energy Switch was launched in response to the ever-rising cost of energy in Scotland with the aim of unlocking group-discounted energy in Scotland.

    Campaign director Michael Stewart said “This survey is further evidence that Scottish consumers want more control over the matters that have a big impact on their everyday lives. It makes sense that the vast majority of people want the Scottish parliament to have control something as fundamental to the cost of living as electricity prices.

    “The message from this poll is clear, Scottish consumers want Scotland to control the policy setting that influence their energy bills.

    “National group switching campaigns, like the Big Energy Switch, have worked in other countries to help fight back against the rising cost of living, and now is the time for Scottish consumers to act together to unlock group discounted energy here as well.”

    One Big Switch launched the Big Energy Switch in Scotland in response to the current energy affordability crisis. This crisis is caused by the fact that average fuel bills in Scotland have risen nearly four times faster than household incomes since 2003.

    Registration closes midnight on 5 June 2015.


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