Friday, 25 July 2014

Funding announcement for energy efficiency

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.

Speaking in 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.

“Scotland is outperforming the UK in the delivery of home energy efficiency measures and the Green Homes Cashback scheme will save money on fuel bills and cut emissions.”

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.

“By passing-on 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 term fix.”

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.

David Stewart, 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.

“The 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.”

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