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'Majority of rural Scottish pensioners' living in fuel poverty

More than half of those aged over 60 in rural parts of Scotland are struggling to pay for their gas and electricity, according to new research.

Herald Scotland reports almost 60 per cent of people in this age group live in fuel poverty, compared with 45 per cent of those who are based in towns and cities.

The figures have been published by Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), which has also suggested countryside residents are struggling because the government chooses to focus on the plight of the more densely-populated urban areas instead.

Often, their bills are higher because of a lack of access to mains gas and poor-quality housing, with few having implemented improvements like wall insulation to improve their energy efficiency. 

Bad weather and poor access to local amenities also play their part - and the SRUC report indicates there's a real chance of many residents simply "falling through the gaps" of ministerial policy.

Posted by Rachel Jenkins