Scotland invests £5m to make poor homes efficient

Scotland is investing £5 million to help the poorest households make their homes energy efficient. The Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS): Cashback Scheme aims to tackle fuel poverty. It will help […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Scotland is investing £5 million to help the poorest households make their homes energy efficient.

The Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS): Cashback Scheme aims to tackle fuel poverty.

It will help meet the cost of installing measures such as solid wall insulation or hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation.

Under the scheme, 28 housing associations and councils across Scotland will receive funding to improve around 2,000 homes.

Social landlords can apply for up to £250,000 to help reduce the cost of tenants’ heating bills.

Scottish Housing 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.”

The Scottish Government claims has so far invested £119 million for fuel poverty and energy efficiency this year.

A new group which will find ways to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland has been established.