Residents in Scotland who are in need of cheap energy over the winter months should not be means tested for winter fuel payments, a review into the benefit has concluded.
The Press and Journal reported that councillors in Inverness were looking into ways to reform delivery of the Winter Payment Scheme after two of the funds used to pay out to householders went into the red.
City councillor Donnie Kerr told the newspaper: "What does concern me is that the Inverness Common Good Fund is there to help the common people.
"I do see providing energy costs to people as very good, but I do think, when we move towards leaving out certain segments because they don't tick the boxes, it is means-testing through the back door."
Fellow representative Roddy Balfour said councillors have "lost sight" of what the fund what set up for.
"No one should be means-tested. We can't let these beneficiaries down. We must take steps to get more money," he added.
The news comes after the UK government announced the reopening of the Warm Front scheme.
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