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Salmond Welcomes North East Insulation Support

>> 27 September 2011

ABERDEENSHIRE TO BENEFIT FROM UNIVERSAL HOME INSULATION FUNDING

MSP for Aberdeenshire East, Alex Salmond, has today welcomed the announcement that the Scottish Government is to provide over £620,000 to help Aberdeenshire residents insulate their homes.

The move is timed to coincide with the Scottish Government’s winter preparedness programme, and will be rolled out in the coming months. The fund is aimed at reducing household bills, improving energy efficiency and reducing fuel poverty, as energy prices continue to rise in the North East.

Commenting on the cash boost for households, Mr Salmond said:

“Price hikes from fuel companies continue to threaten homes across Scotland with fuel poverty, which has no place in this energy-rich nation.

“We need to make sure we are as prepared as possible for winter when it comes, and this new funding boost for Aberdeenshire households will not only tackle fuel poverty this year, but will continue to drive down winter bills for years to come.

“Aberdeenshire Council successfully bid for the scheme and will administer the allocated fund. I encourage as many homes as possible to take up this opportunity.”


Notes:

  1. Figures on allocations can be obtained from http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/warmhomes/uhis/areas  
  2. Over the next year, the £12.5 million Universal Home Insulation Scheme (UHIS) will be administered by local authorities to offer a range of free home insulation measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.

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