• Kenneth Gibson MSP

£3.5 Million Social Housing Energy Efficiency Fund Announced



Minister for Housing and Local Government Kevin Stewart MSP, has announced the SNP Government’s decision to establish a £3.5 million energy efficiency fund.

The fund will be aimed at helping social housing landlords make their properties more energy efficient through decarbonisation. Local authorities and housing associations will be able to use the fund on projects that improve energy efficiency and decarbonise heating, for example when installing solar panels or air source heat pumps.

Announcing the fund ahead of a debate at Holyrood, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP said:

“This funding reflects our commitment to tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency.

“As well as assisting social landlords in decarbonising their heating, the Fund will also encourage innovative thinking and fresh ideas, and is open to expressions of interest from today.

“This is part of more than £5 million of additional funding to support the Energy Efficient Scotland: Transition Programme, which will continue to provide a mix of advice, grant and low cost loans to support property owners over the next two years.”

Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:

“Following the introduction of the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing in 2014, homes in the social rented sector are some of the most energy efficient in Scotland, with over 90% already achieving an Energy Performance Certificate rating at D or above.

“However, fuel poverty is still a real issue for families across North Ayrshire and I am pleased at the announcement of this new fund. Everybody should be able to live in an energy efficient home and be able to keep their bills as low as possible.

“The SNP Government launched a consultation on energy efficiency standards in social housing only last week. I encourage people across North Ayrshire to participate in the consultation and make their views known.

“The consultation runs until 27 and can be accessed via:

https://consult.gov.scot/better-homes-division/social-housing-post-2020/?_ga=2.39824165.704038678.1525959542-824142316.1525100431 .”

Funding will be available to Local Authority and Housing Association landlords across 2018/19 and 2019/20. The majority will be spent in the current financial year 2018/19.

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