Fuel Poor Households to Get Government Help to Stay Warm and Save Money
September 15, 2015
Households across Scotland that face a struggle to stay warm and to afford their energy bills will be given government help as part of a new initiative announced this week by first minister Nicola Sturgeon.
An amount of £224 million has been pledged in support of the Warm Homes Scotland scheme, which will aim to deploy domestic insulation and heating systems that help people who are considered to be living in “fuel poverty” across the country.
Households in urban, rural and hard-to-reach regions of Scotland will all be eligible to benefit from the new national drive to reduce the difficulties that thousands of Scots have in insulating and heating their homes.
“Nothing is more important to me than responding to the real pressures that individuals and families across Scotland face,” said Nicola Sturgeon in announcing the plans during a recent speech.
“Through this scheme, the Scottish Government will deliver the best possible help to thousands of people who are blighted by fuel poverty, struggling to keep their homes warm and pay their energy bills.”
The government has created a new hotline as part of its Home Energy Scotland campaign in order to support fuel poor individuals and families in finding ways to reduce their energy bills and access the free help that is soon to be available.
Sturgeon said in her speech that the Warmer Homes Scotland initiative builds on the government’s record of having helped 700,000 households reduce their fuel bills since 2009.
Mike Thornton from the Energy Saving Trust, who is also a director of government services, expressed his confidence that the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme will be effective in helping fuel poor households to understand in practical terms how they can save money on their energy bills.
“Vulnerable householders will receive their own personal adviser and all customers will be supported through any complex issue or challenge they may face along the way,” he explained.
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