The Scottish Government’s budget for 2015-06 contained a welcome £20 million surprise bonus to help tackle fuel poverty.
This measure was not part of the earlier Budget figures but was part of the overall allocation of £114 million investment in energy-efficiency funding approved yesterday in Holyrood.
There are currently around 900,000 households in fuel poverty in Scotland – about 40% of the total.
Norman Kerr, Director of Energy Action Scotland, the national fuel poverty charity, commented: “Given the recent increase in the number of households in fuel poverty in Scotland, it is good news that the budget to tackle the problem is being increased.
“It is known that making homes more energy-efficient does help to reduce the amount of energy people need to use and in turn means their fuel bills can be less. The extra funding being made available by the Scottish Government will therefore boost the efforts already underway to achieve this.
“Many groups working to bring an end to fuel poverty in Scotland will no doubt welcome this move and will hope that it is an indication that the Scottish Government is willing to listen and react to the needs of the fuel poor.”