£16m to tackle fuel poverty in Scotland

Fuel-poor households are to benefit from a further £16 million investment to improve energy efficiency in their homes.

The funding will be used to improve insulation and install energy efficient heating systems, including those using renewable technology, contributing to Scotland’s net zero targets and helping to meet a key Programme for Government commitment.

The Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme, Warmer Homes Scotland, will receive £6 million while area based schemes delivered by local authorities will receive £10 million.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “I’m pleased to be this providing additional funding for the area based schemes and Warmer Homes Scotland, which between them have supported more than 120,000 households across the country.

“This new investment will help to improve the lives of fuel-poor people in Scotland, enabling them to live in warm, comfortable homes and pay less on their fuel bills while living in a greener, more sustainable way. This funding is expected to help secure up to 200 jobs and means we are investing a total of £97 million in grant funding to support fuel-poor households this year.”