£5 million energy-efficiency boost to help make Scottish social housing warmer this winter

Energy efficiencySome of Scotland’s poorest households are to receive a multi-million pound boost in 2015/16 to make their homes cheaper to keep warm.

The Scot-Government’s £5 million Cashback for Social Landlords Scheme offers funding to housing associations and local authority landlords towards energy-efficiency measures.

It forms part of the Government’s record £119 million budget for fuel poverty and energy efficiency in 2015/16, and means social landlords can apply for up to £250,000 in funding to help drive down the cost of tenants’ fuel bills.

The cash will help meet the cost of installing measures, such as solid wall insulation or hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation, in their housing stock. Under last year’s scheme 24 social landlords across Scotland received funding to improve over 1,600 properties across Scotland.

The scheme will open to applications on Monday (8 Jun 2015).

Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “Housing is, and will remain, at the heart of the Government’s ambitions to create a fairer and more prosperous country.

“A supply of high quality housing stock and introducing energy efficiency measures stimulates economic growth, provides jobs and strengthens communities and tackles inequality.

“It is clear that energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference to families who are struggling to make ends meet.

“The cashback scheme is aimed at saving householder’s money by reducing their heating bills and will also cut carbon emissions.”

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