2000 Rural Properties In Scotland To Receive Free Insulation

7 January 2014

Scotland’s rural residents are set to receive a boost from a Government scheme designed to improve the energy efficiency of properties in the region, it has been revealed.

As many as 2,000 properties in some of the most rural parts of Scotland could be in-line for free Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation under the new scheme.

Falling under the umbrella of the Energy Company Obligation, an initiative being carried out across Britain, the new scheme will be funded by the Scottish Government and energy giant, SSE.

Funding worth £5.4 million will be made available to help those Scottish households living in fuel poverty; those that spend more than 10% of their income on energy bills.

£4 million will be funded by SSE while the other £1.4 million will come direct from Government coffers.

The scheme will allow homeowners and private tenants receiving certain benefits to apply for funding to pay for energy improvement measures, including the installation of new, efficient boilers, Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation.

The scheme is currently being rolled out across Scotland, including Clackmannanshire, North Ayrshire, and Perth and Kinross.

“Rural areas are often worst affected by fuel poverty,” said Norman Kerr, director of fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland.

“It is good news that people there will benefit from this new funding.”

Housing minister Margaret Burgess said: "The Scottish Government is determined to help householders stay warm and reduce their energy bills.

"The Scottish Government's funding will potentially see thousands of homes receive measures like new boilers and loft and Cavity Wall Insulation.

"Basic energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference to Scottish families who are struggling to make ends meet, allowing them to heat their homes more cost effectively.”

David Smith of SSE added: "It's important that we tackle the problem of fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency of homes is a key way of achieving that.

"This new funding partnership with the Scottish Government and the introduction of new referral channels via health professionals and care organisations will help ensure more energy efficiency installations happen for those who need it most, which is great news for households across Scotland."

The scheme comes after it was revealed that some 647,000 Scottish households continue to live in fuel poverty, with 170,000 considered to live in extreme fuel poverty.

These figures have been reduced in recent years thanks to Government schemes offering free Cavity Wall Insulation and free Loft Insulation. The Government is committed to further reducing that number via the Energy Company Obligation.

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