£60m boost to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland

A £60 million fund has been launched by the Scottish Government to help councils target fuel poverty areas and insulate their homes. The cash is part of the Home Energy […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A £60 million fund has been launched by the Scottish Government to help councils target fuel poverty areas and insulate their homes.

The cash is part of the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (HEEPS) and will be used to improve the efficiency of houses through measures such as solid wall, loft or cavity insulation.

Councils will get a share of £42 million from the fund, with the remaining £18 million being made available to local authorities to develop large scale schemes.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “This £60 million investment will help households in fuel poor areas 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 and help to drive down the number of people living in fuel poverty.

“The investment will also support and sustain the insulation industry in Scotland.”