First Minister and MSP welcome cashback scheme

Alex Salmond MSP for Aberdeenshire East and Christian Allard MSP for the North East have welcomed the extra £15 million funding for the Green Homes Cashback Scheme.

The announcement was made by Minister for Energy – Fergus Ewing MSP.

Households, as part of the deal, will be able to apply for up to £7,300 through a new, more generous phase of the Scottish Government’s Green Homes Cashback scheme. From June, and operating in 2014/15, funding will be available for individual householders, with private landlords and private and social tenants all eligible to apply. Social landlords will also be eligible to apply for funding.

Commenting, First minister Alex Salmond stated: “£7,300 can go a long way towards making valuable energy efficiency improvements in the home. Not only will it help alleviate costs now, but it should help households to make long term savings on their fuel bills.

“This is particularly important now with rising fuel costs and too many folk still affected by fuel poverty.

“I would especially encourage older residents of Aberdeenshire to consider applying and making improvements during the warmer summer months in plenty of time for next winter.”

Christian Allard MSP added: “This additional funding is very welcome in the north east, not least because of our often cold climate.

“We were lucky last winter was relatively mild, but we may not be so lucky this year. That is why it is important, especially for elderly households to consider the possibilities now available.

“This is another example of the Scottish Government’s desire to tackle fuel poverty as well as climate change. Less fuel used to heat our homes because of improved insulation means families have more money in their pockets and the environment is better off too.”