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Fuel poor in Scotland should see more support in September 2015

Posted by Gabby Mallett on 8 May 2015 at 4:05 pm

A new scheme has been announced to support those in Fuel Poverty living in Scotland. Whilst the details are yet to be announced the £224 million over seven years is anticipated to help as many as 28,000 fuel poor or vulnerable households.

The scheme will provide installations of insulation, heating and renewable energy systems and should ensure that those living in more remote areas or off the gas grid can access the funding as easily as those in the urban areas.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said:

“This new scheme will give vulnerable households living in fuel poverty access to even more measures to make their homes energy efficient. These will be tailored to meet their needs to stop them from paying unnecessarily high fuel bills.

“By making sure people in the islands and in more rural parts of the country, have the same chances to make their homes, warmer, cheaper and easier to heat, we are tackling the inequalities that exist in our country.

“It will provide vulnerable people or those on low incomes, with heating or insulation measures, and will help thousands of Scots across the country have homes that are easier and cheaper to heat. The wider community will also benefit from the Warmworks Scotland contract as it will offer vocational training and employment opportunities.

“Since 2009 we have allocated over half a billion pounds to make Scotland’s homes more energy efficient with over 700,000 households benefitting from measures like new boilers or insulation, and this new scheme - alongside our other Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland - will build on this over the next seven years.”

The new scheme will include all the measures that were available under the Energy Assistance Scheme, which closed in March 2015, but crucially will now include the addition of flat/pitched roof insulation, glazing and hybrid wall insulation.

More information on the funding and how to apply will be announced later in the year.  In the meantime households are encouraged to contact 0808 808 2282 or check out the Home Energy Scotland website.

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