South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed the news that Dumfries & Galloway will get a share of the £60 million fund set up to help local authorities transform thousands of properties across Scotland into warmer, environmentally friendly homes which are easier and cheaper to heat.
The investment will be targeted at fuel poor households and will be used for the installation of energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation and double glazing.
Dumfries & Galloway has been allocated a £1,270,671 share of the funding. There will also be an opportunity to apply for further funding for larger scale schemes.
The funding is expected to help lever in around £120 million of investment from major utility companies to deliver the projects.
Commenting, the SNP MSP said:
“Dumfries & Galloway has the third highest level of fuel poverty across Scotland. This fund will be a great help to those households who are struggling. Homes across the region will receive new measures like solid wall insulation and double glazing – this will help to drive down the number of people living in fuel poverty.
“Basic energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference to families who are struggling to make ends meet, allowing them to heat their homes more cost effectively.
“Not only is this new investment very positive news for Scottish householders, it will also help to generate work and support jobs – providing a much needed boost to our economy.
“Rising energy bills remain a huge concern for the Scottish government. The more that energy companies continue to implement punishing price increases, the more they are undoing the good work we are doing to tackle fuel poverty.
“Independence is the only way to guarantee more concerted action, focussed on Scotland’s specific advantages – like our vast energy resources – to raise more people out fuel poverty.”