The announcement came 48 hours after the Scottish Government’s own statistics department published official figures showing that a record of 940,000 households – nearly 40% – in Scotland live in fuel-poverty.
The Scottish Government’s investment in the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland next year gives every council cash to help fuel poor and vulnerable households with energy efficiency improvements such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulation.
£48 million is being allocated on the basis of need, while councils can bid for a share of a further £12 million. It is part of the Scottish Government’s £94 million energy efficiency budget next year and has a key role in tackling fuel poverty.
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “The Scottish Government is helping people keep their homes warm. This £48 million will be distributed across Scotland to help thousands of households in the most fuel poor areas stay warm and cut energy bills.
“The Scottish Government can’t control fuel prices but we are investing in energy efficiency for homes. We have invested over £300 million since 2009 to make fuel poor homes more energy efficient, and this year and next, we are spending £94 million to improve energy efficiency.
“Around one in three Scottish households, over 700,000, have now benefited from measures like new boilers or insulation.
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The breakdown for each local authority is shown below:
|Local Authority||Core Allocation|
|Argyll and Bute||£1,393,112|
|Dumfries and Galloway||£1,703,745|
|City of Edinburgh||£3,303,793|
|Perth and Kinross||£1,339,205|