The SNP Government has launched a £3 million Home Heating Support Fund to help people who are struggling with their energy bills amid the growing cost-of-living crisis.
The Fund is designed to prevent households from falling into fuel poverty by helping those who are rationing their energy use.
With the recent price rises and a further steep increase in bills expected in spring 2022, there are growing concerns about the impact on households.
Those eligible could receive payments of between £100 and £500 to clear outstanding debt, with the money paid directly to suppliers on behalf of the household.
The Home Heating Support Fund is open until 31 March, and applications can be made on behalf of individuals by referral partners, such as local authorities and housing associations, as well as charities and organisations that provide energy or debt advice.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“Over the past eight years, the SNP Government has spent £1 billion tackling fuel poverty, with as much as £114 million allocated last year alone on programmes targeted at improving energy efficiency in homes.
“SNP Ministers and MPs continue to call upon the UK Government to put policies in place to tackle this crisis, but nothing has been done.
“If you are struggling with bills, please get in touch with the council or your housing association, an organisation like Citrus or call Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 800 9060 on Monday to Friday between 09:00 – 17:00 to speak to one of their specialist debt advisors for free, impartial and practical advice.”