Local MSP Margaret Burgess has announced the latest phase of the Green Homes Cashback scheme, which means social landlords can now apply for a share of £4.5m in funding for energy efficiency measures.
her capacity as the SNP Scottish Government’s Minister for Housing &
Welfare, Mrs Burgess said, “Energy efficiency measures can make a huge
difference to families who are struggling to make ends meet, and social
landlords will now be able to apply for up to £250,000 in funding to
help drive-down the cost of tenants’ fuel bills.
outperforming the UK in the delivery of home energy efficiency measures
and the Green Homes Cashback scheme will save money on fuel bills and
The MSP for Cunninghame South revealed the SNP
Government will spend almost a quarter of a billion pounds over a three
year period on fuel poverty and energy efficiency, adding, “With the
full powers of independence, we plan to permanently transfer
responsibility for ECO and Warm Homes Discount from energy companies to
the Scottish Government, meeting these costs from central resources and
maintaining investment in energy efficiency.
these long-term reductions to their consumers, companies will be able to
reduce bills year on year, in contrast to the UK Government’s short
The Green Homes Cashback scheme provides funding to
individual households and social landlords towards the cost of measures
such as boiler upgrades and home insulation.
Policy Manager from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations,
said the announcement from Mrs Burgess was “a timely boost for housing
associations and cooperatives as they look to improve the energy
efficiency of their homes”.
Mr Stewart noted, “While our members
have the most energy-efficient homes in Scotland, recent above inflation
increases in domestic energy prices means that investment in measures
providing affordable warmth for tenants is a priority.
announcement of this fund is particularly welcome as it will support
investment in the more expensive measures necessary to improve hard to
treat homes, such as solid wall insulation.”