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£10m given to local authorities to tackle fuel poverty

The Scottish Government has today (Sept 16) that it will be providing a further £16m of funding to help tackle fuel poverty across the country.

The money will be used to provide homes with better insulation as well as installing energy efficient heating systems, which are intended to help with Scotland’s target of near-zero emissions from homes by 2045.

The funding, which represents part of a £97m investment into tackling fuel-poverty, is expected to generate 200 jobs.

£10m is being given to local authorities to support their area-based fuel poverty schemes, as well as an additional £6mto Scotland’s nationwide scheme, Warmer Homes Scotland.

Since First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, introduced Warmer Homes Scotland in 2015, the scheme has helped over 20,000 homes become more energy efficient.

Area-based schemes, run by local authorities, have helped just over 100,000 households in the same time.

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.”

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