SNP's plans to force air source heat pumps on rural households deemed 'unfeasible' in letter by MSPs

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The SNP's plans to force rural homeowners to install heat pumps has led to a letter from the former SNP cabinet secretary Fergus Ewing criticising the scheme, backed by MSPs, calling it 'unfeasible' (Image credit: Getty Images)

Rural homeowners in Scotland are facing significant challenges and expenses due to the government's push to mandate heat pump installations, according to a cross-party group of MSPs led by an SNP veteran.

In the letter, submitted by former SNP cabinet secretary Fergus Ewingthe, MSPs emphasised that installing air source heat pumps or other electric heating systems would be entirely "unfeasible" for many homes not connected to the gas grid. 

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