Scotland invests £5m tackle fuel poverty

The Scottish Government is providing £5 million to tackle fuel poverty. Housing associations and local authority landlords will be able to apply for the cashback scheme starting next week. They […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The Scottish Government is providing £5 million to tackle fuel poverty.

Housing associations and local authority landlords will be able to apply for the cashback scheme starting next week.

They will use the funding to install measures such as solid wall insulation or hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation in fuel poor homes to help them keep warm.

It is part of the government £119 million target to improve fuel poverty and energy efficiency in 2015/16.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “It is clear that energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference to families who are struggling to make ends meet. The cashback scheme is aimed at saving householder’s money by reducing their heating bills and will also cut carbon emissions.”

The government states 24 social landlords across Scotland received funding to improve more than 1,600 properties across Scotland last year.