FIGHTING FUEL POVERTY IN FALKIRK

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MSP welcomes £250,000 grant to help heat low-income homes in Falkirk district

Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, has championed the Scottish Government’s announcement that almost 2,000 of Scotland’s poorest households will benefit from a £5 million grant to make their homes cheaper to keep warm. The HEEPS: Cashback Scheme, for social housing providers, offers funding to housing associations and local authority landlords towards energy efficiency measures.

During a visit to the new Glenlochy distillery housing development in Fort William, as part of the nationwide Fairer Scotland events, Health Minister Margaret Burgess said,  “These energy efficiency measures will help families who are struggling to make ends meet by saving money on their heating bills. The Scottish Government wants to create a fairer, equal and more prosperous country. A supply of high quality housing stock underpins that ambition”.

Ms. Burgess added, “Introducing energy efficiency measures stimulates economic growth, provides jobs, strengthens communities and tackles inequality.”

The MSP for Falkirk East concurred with the Health Minister’s sentiment, stating, “I welcome Margaret Burgess’s move to tackle the fuel poverty crisis in poorer homes across Scotland, by way of a generous grant to subsidise their heating  bills.  Under the scheme, some twenty eight housing associations and councils across Scotland will receive funding to improve almost 2,000 residences - including homes in my own constituency of Falkirk East and the wider Falkirk area, where significant levels of fuel poverty can be found. 

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Mr. MacDonald continued, "It was good to learn that the significant sum of a quarter of a million pounds from this Scottish Government grant is to be allocated to the Falkirk district.” 

“The funds will help meet the cost of installing measures, such as solid wall insulation or hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation, in their housing stock.  Social landlords can apply for up to £250,000 to help drive down the cost of tenants’ fuel bills”.

“This is particularly good news as the nation approaches another chilly winter. It is essential that those on lower incomes are relieved of any stress of meeting the ever-rising cost of fuel bills – especially the elderly and vulnerable in our communities. I am pleased to see the Scottish Government rise to the occasion with this landmark energy efficiency fund.”

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“More than that, the Government at Holyrood are poised to continue to tackle this great social need, with a record investment of £119 million being assigned to deal with fuel poverty and energy efficiency between 2015 and 2016”. 

“All in all, this energy efficiency fund will help tens of thousands of people across Scotland over the forthcoming months and keep at bay illnesses associated with cold and damp housing.”

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Notes: 

A list of social landlords and councils is available at: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/heeps-cashback-scheme-social-housing-providers

Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2017

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