Local councils across Scotland to share £60m fund for home energy efficiency improvements

Local authorities across Scotland will be able to access a share of the £60 million funding available through the Home Energy Efficiency Programme, a recent news report on the matter was able to reveal.

£48 million is being allocated today on the basis of need, while councils can bid for a share of a further £12 million. It is part of the Scottish Government’s £94 million energy efficiency budget next year and has a key role in tackling fuel poverty.

The £60 million Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland: Area Based Schemes provides grant funding to local authorities to develop and deliver local fuel poverty programmes.

Speaking on a visit to the Home Energy Scotland Advice Centre in Edinburgh, Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “The Scottish Government is helping people keep their homes warm. This £48 million will be distributed across Scotland to help thousands of households in the most fuel poor areas stay warm and cut energy bills.

“The Scottish Government can’t control fuel prices but we are investing in energy efficiency for homes. We have invested over £300 million since 2009 to make fuel poor homes more energy efficient, and this year and next, we are spending £94 million to improve energy efficiency. Around one in three Scottish households, over 700,000, have now benefited from measures like new boilers or insulation.”

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