Cash injection to help keep homes energy efficient

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Local householders are set to benefit after Angus Council received more than £1.2 million to help make homes in the area warmer and cheaper to heat.

The allocation is part of £60 million shared by the Scottish Government among all local authority areas under its Home Energy Efficiency Programme for next year.

The cash will help fuel poor and vulnerable households with improvements such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulation.

Of the overall total, £48 million has been allocated on the basis of need, while councils can bid for a share of a further £12 million to help develop and deliver local fuel poverty programmes

It is part of the Scottish Government’s £94 million energy efficiency budget next year and has a key role in tackling fuel poverty.

Announcing the funding, Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “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.”

Further information about energy efficiency is available from Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 or at www.homeenergyscotland.org.