MSP welcomes Government action on fuel poverty

Stewart Stevenson new picture
Stewart Stevenson new picture

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the announcement that £660,700 has been allocated to improve energy efficiency in Aberdeenshire.

The funding will be used to install energy efficiency measures to social and private housing. In addition, the money will be used for infrastructure for biomass combined heat and power district heating systems and insulation of various commercial buildings.

The funding is part of over £9 million pounds that have been awarded to improve energy efficiency throughout Scotland. Homes in Aberdeenshire will be warmer and cheaper to heat thanks to the Scottish Government funding.

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Pathfinder Fund is being directed at businesses, community groups and individuals working and living in areas with particularly high levels of fuel poverty.

Commenting, former Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson MSP said: “As a government we are here to help those who need it most. No one should have to live in the cold because they can’t afford heating. The Scottish Government is taking the right approach by being proactive and funding energy efficiency.

“These are the kind of simple changes that can massively improve peoples’ lives. The days are getting colder and heat is as important as food or water. Giving everyone the chance to be warm has unquestionable social and economic benefits.

“There is an added bonus beyond making our homes warmer and heating cheaper – this funding will also reduce our carbon emissions.

“As a former Minister for the Environment I know first-hand the importance of tackling climate change. What we are really protecting is our future. This programme holds great opportunities for everyone in the North-east and across Scotland.”