Further £50k pledged to combat fuel proverty in Shire

Aberdeenshire residents continue to lose money every single day that passes when they don’t take advantage of the free insulation measures on offer Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Investment said last week.

Mr Neil announced a further £50,000 to Aberdeenshire Council for the Universal Home Insulation Scheme, which offers a range of free home insulation measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty.

Over this year Aberdeenshire Council has received a total of £670,000 under the scheme.

Mr Neil said: “We are fortunate to live in an energy rich nation and it is a disgrace that some people still have to choose between turning their heating on and buying a meal. That is why the Scottish Government is continuing to do all we can to tackle rising energy prices and help customers who are struggling with their energy bills.

“Many Aberdeenshire households are losing money every day by not taking up free insulation offers. I would urge anyone who hasn’t looked at loft or cavity wall insulation to contact the Hotline as soon as possible to access the additional resources.

“Help and support is there and available now in Aberdeenshire for immediate use.”

Additional funding has also been identified for the Boiler Scrappage scheme across Scotland.

Further information and advice is available from the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland Hotline. Call 0800 512 012 or 0300 456 2655 from a mobile, or visit www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk