Scots get free insulation from £16m fund

Households in every local authority area in Scotland could qualify for free insulation under a £16 million scheme from the Scottish Government. Over the next year, the Universal Home Insulation […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Households in every local authority area in Scotland could qualify for free insulation under a £16 million scheme from the Scottish Government.

Over the next year, the Universal Home Insulation Scheme (UHIS) will spend this cash on a range of free home insulation measures.

The Scottish Government claims this will help homeowners improve their energy efficiency, keep heating bills down and reduce fuel poverty.

Keith Brown, Minister for Housing and Transport said: “By offering free cavity wall and loft insulation, owners, private sector tenants and landlords can make sure their properties are saving energy and money by reducing the heat lost through draughts.”

He added the scheme was part of a strategy to “eliminate fuel poverty”, which is defined as spending 10% or more of household income on domestic fuel bills.

The UK Government’s Green Deal and ECO schemes will pick up the work against fuel poverty from mid-2013.