MSP backs scheme to tackle fuel poverty

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A new scheme to help tackle fuel poverty has been backed by Angus North and Mearns MSP, Nigel Don.

Launching in September, the scheme will instal insulation, heating and low carbon or renewable measures in the homes of households who are identified as living in fuel poverty, with a wider range of options for people living off the main gas grid including solar thermal and biomass systems.

The contract, which this week was awarded to Warmworks Scotland, will ensure that people living in more remote parts of the country get the same level of service, as the agent will be able to vary the delivery costs between six regions.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “This new scheme will give vulnerable households living in fuel poverty access to even more measures to make their homes energy efficient. These will be tailored to meet their needs to stop them from paying unnecessarily high fuel bills.”

Mr Don said: “I am pleased that the new scheme recognises the different circumstances in rural settings away from mains gas and often with thick walls and very old construction. Properties can have very different characteristics and the scheme will need to be administered sensitively.”