Name: Brian Nugent Electoral Ward: Shetland Central Description: Sovereignty
Brian is 69, married, with three children in their twenties.
The family have lived in Hamnavoe, Burra for nearly 30 years.
Brian moved to Shetland to work at Shetland College as a lecturer in Further Education.
He was the EIS FELA Trades Union Secretary at the college before retirement.
He now works at Gilbert Bain Hospital as a relief Porter.
He is a volunteer at Shetland Foodbank on a Monday and a passkeeper at St Margaret’s, Lerwick.
Brian is originally from Coatbridge, he is a supporter of Albion Rovers Football Club and is the Rovers Club Historian.
So many in Shetland already suffer fuel poverty, April’s energy price increases, with further increases in October; can only make the situation worse. The recent Tory energy plans are all about the long term but useless for the here and now. Nuclear power stations built in ten or more years do not help now.
In the short term, only central government can cut energy costs, it is a pity they do not care. If the government wanted to, they could eliminate VAT on energy purchases, something the Tories pledged. Another option for government is taking green subsidies off energy bills which would reduce bills by 25%.
Every election I have stood in, I have talked about insulating homes. The really good point about insulation is that the home’s heating requirements go down, and stay down, a saving every year for the dweller and the environment.
Here in Shetland, we have the Shetland Charitable Trust to call on. It is money for a rainy day, well with energy prices sky rocketing, it is raining now, time to open the vaults. There is an insulation programme administered by the council, with limited annual funds, that could be opened out further to get heating bills across the isles down and to reduce Shetland’s carbon footprint.
The Trust governing deed requires that the Trustees act in the best interests of the inhabitants of Shetland, well here is an opportunity for the Trust to shine
This is not a call for indiscriminate spending, but for planned, directed spending to solve issues for locals.
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