Fuel poverty scheme extended
The Scottish Government has announced funding to continue the Warmer Homes Scotland initiative until 2022.
Warmer Homes Scotland is designed to help vulnerable people make their homes warmer and more comfortable by installing a range of energy saving measures such as new heating systems and insulation.
Since the initiative launched in 2015, thousands of people have been helped to become warmer in their homes, with households saving an average of over £300 a year on their energy bills.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart recently announced that the Warmer Homes Scotland initiative has awarded a minimum of £38 million to managing agent Warmworks to continue to deliver the government’s fuel poverty scheme over the next two years.
Mr Stewart said:
"I welcome the contract extension with Warmworks to continue our work to eradicate fuel poverty. This funding will have a huge impact for people seeking to make essential improvements to the energy efficiency of their home.
"We have taken a world leading approach to tackling fuel poverty with the introduction of the Fuel Poverty Bill and setting an ambitious target that, by 2040, no more than 5% of Scottish households are in fuel poverty.
"I’m delighted to see for myself the excellent work being done in homes across Scotland, making them warmer and more affordable to heat."