An extra £10m to be spent on tackling fuel poverty in Scotland

Scottish Government yesterday announced that an extra £10 million is to be spent in an attempt to tackle fuel poverty. Ministers were recently criticised after research had indicated that fuel poverty in Scotland had more than doubled since 2003.

Now Councils and Housing Associations will be given a share of £9m to enable them to help tenants heat their homes.  £1m will also be made available as an interest free loan to help people make their homes more energy efficient.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart, said at the Energy Action Scotland ‘Fuel Poverty Matters’ national conference in Clydebank:  “Everyone deserves a safe and warm place to call home. And that is why tackling fuel poverty is a priority, for me and for this government.

I'm delighted that this week a further £9m is going out to councils and social housing associations to ensure some of Scotland's most vulnerable households are able to heat their homes. This means we are spending £113m this year alone tackling fuel poverty directly.

I am also pleased to be announcing a further £1m investment in our interest-free loan scheme which will increase the number of people able to access help to install energy efficiency measures."

Elmhurst recognise the many new initiatives that the Scottish Government is doing in an attempt to stop vulnerable people being cold in their own homes. We welcome the extra money and trust that the process to enable this to occur takes heed of EPC recommendations so that homes are improved in the correct way.

Scotland has been very active in this area and we also encourage the same in England and Wales, as currently ECO looks like it will not be focused towards the worst performing homes  (E,F and G) from April 2017. If this occurs, in our opinion, it will be a massive mistake and the pot of money will not go to the correct families first. We still await the outcome of the BEIS consultation of ECO and are hopefully our simple suggestions are taken on board.

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