Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has this week welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that almost £50 million of funding has been allocated to the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland.
Under the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland almost £2.2 million has been allocated to help tackle fuel poverty within South Lanarkshire. The funding is to be used for the installation of energy efficiency measures such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulation.
“By making homes more energy efficient, we are not only helping householders to stay warm but to also save money, helping to drive down levels of fuel poverty by making homes more affordable to heat.
“Despite the Scottish Government introducing measures such as the Home Efficiency Programmes for Scotland, fuel poverty will continue to be a problem unless the UK Government tackles the problems surrounding pre-payment meters.
“Despite most users of pre-payment meters being on low incomes and in debt to their energy company, all too often they are placed on the most expensive tariff with energy companies being able to take £7 out of every £10 paid to meet past debt.
“It is imperative that the UK Government takes steps to cap the amount of money which can be taken to pay off debt, as well as ensure that pre-payment customers are automatically placed on the cheapest tariff available if they are serious about tackling fuel poverty.”
Notes to Editors
Further information on the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland can be found at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/06/HEEPSfunding13062013