Home Heat Help – Funding Will Continue to Drive Down Fuel Poverty
Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:18
Angus MacDonald MSP has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government that residents in Falkirk District are set to benefit from over £600,000 worth of funding to make their homes warmer.
Householders in every local authority in Scotland are to benefit from almost £50 million of funding which will make their homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and easier and cheaper to heat.
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess announced today that Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) funding has been allocated to all Scottish local authorities.
The investment, targeted at fuel poor households, will be used for the installation of energy efficiency measures such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulation.
The funding is expected to help lever around £125 million of investment from major utility companies to deliver the projects.
Angus MacDonald MSP commented:
“I am delighted that householders in my constituency will benefit from this funding aimed to assist people out of fuel poverty. The Scottish Government is determined to help householders stay warm and reduce their energy bills.
“Basic energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference to families who are struggling to make ends meet, allowing them to heat their homes more cost effectively.
“Today’s funding will see hundreds more homes across Falkirk District receive new measures like solid wall insulation– helping to drive down the number of people living in fuel poverty. This further investment will also help to generate work and support jobs – providing a much needed boost to our economy.
“To help tackle fuel poverty the Scottish Government is actively working with councils and energy companies to ensure that Scotland continues to get its fair share of funding for efficiency programmes like these. Unlike the UK Government, we believe it is important to provide this type of funding, which is why around a quarter of a billion pounds is being committed to it in this spending review period.
Commenting on the HEEPS announcement, David Sigsworth Independent Chair of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum, said:
“This is just the start to the new programmes we need – allocations of funding to councils to enable them to put in place programmes to tackle fuel poverty where it is most needed.
“The Forum understands that not all of the available funding has been allocated to date and is encouraging councils to look at what further steps they can take to realise their fuel poverty plans.”
Householders who would like to know more about this and other Scottish Government funded offers can contact the Scottish Government’ s Home Energy Scotland hotline on 0808 808 2282 or visit www.homeenergyscotland.org.