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Heating up Cumbernauld homes; North Lanarkshire Council receives £1.5m

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 12:54 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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HOUSEHOLDS in Cumbernauld could be set to benefit from warm, environmentally friendly improvements after the Scottish Government committed millions to help heat up the homes of Scots. 

As part of the £50 million funding package, North Lanarkshire Council will receive £1,584,100, to help make homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and easier and cheaper to heat.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess announced, last week, that Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) funding had been allocated to all Scottish local authorities, as part of an investment that will be targeted at fuel poor households, with energy efficiency measures such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulation all part of the improvements foreseen for Scottish households. 

Commenting, Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said: “The Scottish Government is determined to help householders stay warm and reduce their energy bills.

“Basic energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference to Scottish families who are struggling to make ends meet, allowing them to heat their homes more cost effectively.

“This funding will see thousands more homes across Scotland receive new measures like solid wall insulation– helping to drive down the number of people living in fuel poverty.


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“This further investment will also help to generate work and support jobs – providing a much needed boost to our economy. 

“To help tackle fuel poverty we are actively working with councils and energy companies to ensure that Scotland continues to get its fair share of funding for efficiency programmes like these.  Unlike the UK Government, we believe it is important to provide this type of funding, which is why we are committing around a quarter of a billion pounds to it in this spending review period.

“Rising energy bills remain a huge concern for this government and there is still funding available to local authorities. We urge councils to consider applying for additional support.”

Commenting on the HEEPS announcement, David Sigsworth Independent Chair of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum, added: “This is just the start to the new programmes we need – allocations of funding to councils to enable them to put in place programmes to tackle fuel poverty where it is most needed.

“The Forum understands that not all of the available funding has been allocated to date and is encouraging councils to look at what further steps they can take to realise their fuel poverty plans.”

Householders who would like to know more about this and other Scottish Government funded offers can contact the Scottish Government’ s Home Energy Scotland hotline on 0808 808 2282 or visit www.homeenergyscotland.org


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