£5 million to help make homes cheaper to keep warm

5th June 2015

Measure to tackle fuel poverty in poorer homes.

Some of Scotland’s poorest households are to receive a multi-million-pound boost in 2015/16 to make their homes cheaper to keep warm.

The Scottish Government’s £5 million HEEPS: Cashback – Social Landlords Scheme offers funding to housing associations and local authority landlords towards energy efficiency measures.

It forms part of the Scottish Government’s record £119 million budget for fuel poverty and energy efficiency in 2015/16 and means social landlords can apply for up to £250,000 in funding to help drive down the cost of tenants’ fuel bills.

The cash will help meet the cost of installing measures, such as solid wall insulation or hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation, in their housing stock

Under last year’s scheme, 24 social landlords across Scotland received funding to improve over 1,600 properties across Scotland.

The scheme will open to applications on Monday, June 8.
Housing is and will remain, at the heart of the Government’s ambitions to create a fairer and more prosperous country.

A supply of high-quality housing stock and introducing energy efficiency measures stimulates economic growth, provides jobs and strengthens communities and tackles inequality.

It is clear that energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference to families who are struggling to make ends meet.

“The cashback scheme is aimed at saving householder’s money by reducing their heating bills and will also cut carbon emissions.
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess
The SFHA welcomes this funding which is a step in the right direction. Investing in domestic energy efficiency is vital if Scotland is to start to address the scourge of fuel poverty and to work towards meeting our ambitious climate change targets.
David Stewart, Policy Manger at the Scottish Federation of Housing Association (SFHA)
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