Beat fuel poverty says MSP

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Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley SNP MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the cash boost to extend a scheme which is already helping 200,000 homes beat fuel poverty this winter.

The SNP Government has announced an extra £400,000 for the Universal Home Insulation Scheme (UHIS) loan fund, which offers interest free loans in UHIS areas for more expensive insulation measures including renewables and boiler replacement to improve energy efficiency.

This tops up the £12.5 million which was ploughed into the scheme by the Scottish Government in September.

Mr Ingram said: “This funding injection will ensure more great work can be done through the Universal Home Insulation Scheme with a widening of the current measures to try to keep families from falling into fuel poverty.

“Many Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley residents have already benefitted from the scheme and I would urge those who have not accessed the scheme but who may be eligible to get in touch with the Energy Savings Trust for advice and information on 0800 512 012 or alternatively contact the local Energy Agency on 01292 521 896.

“It is a disgrace that anyone should suffer from fuel poverty in an energy rich nation like Scotland. Price hikes by energy companies continue to undermine the SNP Government’s attempts to lift people out of fuel poverty.

“The SNP Government will continue to do everything with the powers available to invest in efficient schemes like UHIS and strive to end this blight.”