Scottish Government commits additional £38 million to tackle fuel poverty

Additional funding has been announced by the Scottish Government as part of efforts to tackle fuel poverty.

A minimum of £38 million was awarded to Warmworks, a managing agent which aims to deliver the Government’s fuel poverty scheme over the next two years.

Last year, a target was set that no more than 5% of households in Scotland would be in fuel poverty by 2040.

The funding was awarded by Warmer Homes Scotland, a Government scheme designed to help people in need make their homes warmer and more comfortable by installing energy saving measures.

On a visit to Dundee to meet the 15,000th Warmer Homes customer, housing minister Kevin Stewart said the investment, and the extension of Warmer Homes Scotland to 2022, demonstrates the Government’s commitment to eradicating fuel poverty and increasing energy efficiency.

Mr Stewart said: “I welcome the contract extension with Warmworks to continue our work to eradicate fuel poverty. This funding will have a huge impact for people seeking to make essential improvements to the energy efficiency of their home.

“We have taken a world leading approach to tackling fuel poverty with the introduction of the Fuel Poverty Bill and setting an ambitious target that by 2040, no more than 5% of Scottish households are in fuel poverty.

“I’m delighted to see for myself the excellent work being done in homes across Scotland, making them warmer and more affordable to heat.”

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