Tories win Holyrood backing to accelerate Scot-Govt energy-efficiency targets while Age Concern seek tax-rebates for people who insulate their home

The Conservatives have secured parliamentary backing in Holyrood to bring forward Scottish energy efficiency targets by 10 years.

Following the publication of the Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map, which details plans for making all buildings warmer and greener, the Scot-Govt said that targets would be in place by 2040.

But Conservative energy spokesman Alexander Burnett, MSP, won cross-party backing for this to be implemented by 2030.

The Aberdeenshire West MSP also won backing for all homes to reach the EPC “C” rating by that date, where feasible.

Alexander Burnett, MSP
Alexander Burnett, MSP

Criticising the SNP stance on fuel poverty as ‘weak’,  Burnett said the public are confused by the “cluttered landscape” of Scottish Government-backed energy schemes.

“It is no surprise that incentives are difficult for constituents to be aware of when there are so many policy programmes tackling energy efficiency,” he added.

Meanwhile, people who make their homes more energy-efficient should be rewarded with a tax reduction.

Age Scotland has urged the Scot-Govt to reduce council tax for homeowners who carry out energy efficiency measures to tackle fuel poverty.

The charity says the measure is necessary to help the ‘soaring numbers of pensioners living in fuel poverty’. Around six in 10 single pensioner households and four in ten couples in Scotland are affected.

The proposal won support from MSPs, including the SNP’s Angus MacDonald, in a debate on energy efficiency in the Scottish Parliament last week.

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