Publised date : 03 Jun 2019

Perthshire North MSP, Mr John Swinney, has today welcomed the impact of Warmer Homes Scotland on fuel-poor households in his constituency.

Over 150 households in Mr Swinney’s constituency have benefited from the scheme since it launched in 2015, with each home saving over £300 on their energy bills per annum.

The £224m Warmer Homes Scotland scheme provides a step-by-step service to help make homes warmer and more comfortable. Assistance can include installing new and more efficient boilers, fitting new radiators, insulating lofts or working with partners to install gas mains to make heating homes in hard-to-reach areas more affordable. All work is carried out by registered and accredited local sub-contractors.

Commenting, Mr Swinney said: “I welcome the impact that Warmer Homes Scotland has made in my constituency. 

“The Scottish Government recognises that, for too many families, living in fuel poverty is a harsh reality. Accordingly, we have taken bold action to ensure that households across Perthshire and beyond now have access to warmer homes with greatly reduced fuel bills.

“I would encourage my constituents to check if they are eligible to receive help under this scheme, as improvements could make a significant difference this winter and for years to come.”

Ross Armstrong, Warmworks’ Managing Director, added: “The most valuable difference that Warmer Homes Scotland can make is to give people the comfort and peace of mind that they can afford to stay warm in their own home. 

“We are delighted to have helped over 150 households in John Swinney’s constituency and we hope to build on our efforts in the years to come."

Fuel poverty remains at the forefront of the Scottish Government’s agenda, having recently released the Energy Efficient Scotland route map, which outlines the path the Government wishes to take to make Scottish homes more efficient by 2040. The Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill has also recently been introduced, which makes a statutory provision to help those who are living in fuel poverty.
 

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