GRAEME Dey, MSP for Angus South, is alerting elderly constituents to changes that are happening in the Energy Assistance Scheme.
The Energy Saving Trust (EST), which is funded by the Scottish Government and one of the leading organisations addressing the damaging effects of climate change, has announced alterations to its eligibility criteria.
As of this month, those aged over 75 will, in addition to the current requirements, need to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit or have no central heating.
The Energy Assistance Scheme replaces stage 4 of the Energy Assistance Package and provides a host of eco-friendly measures designed to cut energy waste in the home.
This includes grants to insulate lofts, draught proofing and installing a central heating system or boiler.
Mr Dey, who is the deputy convener of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment committee, said: “It is so important that people know about the changes to the qualifying criteria and are ready.”
He added: “The grants not only help slash utility bills but also work towards improving the environment and reducing Scotland’s carbon footprint.
“But this is just one of the many ways the Scottish Government is tackling this problem.
“As of the start of this month more than 300,000 poorer households became eligible for free insulation and heating as part of the Energy Company Obligation in Scotland supported by a £16 million investment from the government.
“Everyone should live in a warm home but not with extortionate energy bills hanging over their heads.”
The Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland provides measures to support those likely to have difficulty paying their fuel bills or keeping their home sufficiently warm.
The Energy Saving Trust manages delivery of the national schemes through the Home Energy Scotland hotline on behalf of the Scottish Government.
To find out what clear and impartial help or advice they can offer you, telephone the hotline on 0800 512 012 or you can visit the Home Energy Scotland website for further information.