Drive to tackle fuel poverty
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
A massive programme to transform Scotland’s ageing houses into energy efficient homes has been announced today by Alex Neil.
The Scottish Government hopes to work with energy companies to identify around £200 million a year to assist homes in areas of fuel poverty save money and become more energy efficient.
This new programme will offer a range of free or discounted heating and home insulation measures to people living in older homes across Scotland who struggle with fuel poverty.
This will build on the successes of current fuel poverty and energy efficiency programmes, which are due to save households across Scotland some £700 million in total.
Responding to a report by the Fuel Poverty Forum, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment Alex Neil said:
“Scotland is an energy rich nation and it is simply unacceptable that rising bills mean that some people are struggling to heat their homes. That is why the Scottish Government is continuing to do all we can to tackle fuel poverty.
“A major problem we face – identified by the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum - is in our older houses. These homes lack the kind of modern energy efficiency measures, like high quality boilers and insulation, which can help make houses warmer and cut heating bills.
“That is why today, I can announce that we will take forward a massive programme to transform the energy efficiency of our ageing homes.
“Working with the energy companies, we believe £200m a year can be devoted to this programme, making a massive difference to hard working householders who simply shouldn’t be worried about their next heating bill.
”Tackling fuel poverty in our aging housing stock will help us to ensure that, as far as possible, people are not living in fuel poverty in Scotland by November 2016.”