MACDONALD’S DELIGHT AT NEWS OF £1,515.999 FOR HOME HEAT FUNDING IN FALKIRK DISTRICT
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 11:59
Householders in Falkirk District are to benefit from further multi-million pound funding which will make their homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and easier and cheaper to heat.
This is part of a larger package of almost £9 million in Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) funding announced by Housing Minister Margaret Burgess today.
This is the second allocation of the £55 million HEEPS pot, with just over £46 million distributed to every local authority in Scotland during the first allocation in June this year.
Local authorities were asked to apply for further funding, with North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Fife, Falkirk, Midlothian, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, Clackmannanshire, Glasgow and Perth and Kinross councils all receiving a share.
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.
Angus MacDonald MSP expressed his delight at the news:
“This funding will make such a difference to local people over the hard winter months. It will help householders to stay warm and reduce their energy bills. In some cases it will make a huge difference to people who are living in fuel poverty.
“Of the £8,813,406 funding available, Falkirk Council secured a massive £1,515.999 and are to be congratulated for applying for this additional funding.
“I would encourage local people to apply for this extra assistance through which they can insulate their homes and reduce their energy bills.
“The additional funding will continue to drive down fuel poverty.”
Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said:
"The Scottish Government is determined to help householders stay warm and reduce their energy bills.
“Rising energy bills remain a huge concern for this government. Today’s funding will see thousands of homes across Scotland receive new measures like solid wall insulation– helping to drive down the number of people living in fuel poverty.
“To help tackle fuel poverty we are 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 we are committing around a quarter of a billion pounds to it in this spending review period.”
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.