A FUND to help make households more energy-efficient has been allocated to local authorities.
The Scottish Government’s new Home Energy Efficiency Programme is providing £60 million for councils to target areas which have high levels of fuel poverty.
A total of £30m has been allocated across the 32 local authorities, and councils can submit proposals for the additional £30m.
Councils are expected to work with energy companies, installers, owner-occupiers and private landlords to ensure all households in areas of high fuel poverty receive an offer to have their home made more energy-efficient, such as installing insulation and double glazing.
Housing minister Margaret Burgess said: “We are determined to help householders to keep their homes warm. Basic energy-efficiency measures can make a huge difference to Scottish families who are struggling to make ends meet, allowing them to heat their homes more cost-effectively.
“Today’s funding will help to drive down the number of people living in fuel poverty.”