Funding for fuel-poor households

Over £800,000 in funding has been allocated to households in South Ayrshire to help fuel-poor households.

Householders in every local authority in Scotland are to benefit from almost £50 million of funding which will make their homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and easier and cheaper to heat.

Local MSP Adam Ingram welcomed the announcement from Housing Minister Margaret Burgess that Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) funding has been allocated to all Scottish local authorities.

South Ayrshire Council will benefit from over £800,000 in investment which will be used to target fuel poor households for the installation of energy efficiency measures such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulation.

The funding is expected to help lever around £125 million of investment from major utility companies to deliver the projects.

SNP member for Carrick Mr Ingram 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 ensure more homes across South Ayrshire receive new measures like solid wall insulation– helping to drive down the number of people living in fuel poverty.

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

“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.”