Scotland to inject £224m into home retrofits

The Scottish government is launching a £224m scheme aimed at upgrading the homes of some 28,000 fuel poor and vulnerable households over seven years. The scheme, which will launch in September, will install 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 to deliver the scheme has been awarded to Warmworks Scotland, which comprises Energy Saving Trust, the Changeworks charity and Scottish SME Everwarm.

Housing minister Margaret Burgess said: “By making sure people in the islands and in more rural parts of the country, have the same chances to make their homes, warmer, cheaper and easier to heat, we are tackling the inequalities that exist in our country”.

Burgess added: “The wider community will also benefit from the Warmworks Scotland contract as it will offer vocational training and employment opportunities.

Mike Thornton, Energy Saving Trust director of government services, explained: “Each customer will receive their own personal adviser and be supported through any complex issue or challenge they may face”.

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