First Minister welcomes iniative to improve heating

First Minister Alex Salmond.
First Minister Alex Salmond.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond this week welcomed the Scottish Government’s initiative to improve heating for households currently affected by fuel poverty.

Assistance will be provided through a £ 60 million investment by the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (HEEPS).

The fund will be used to improve energy efficiency of houses all over Scotland by providing improved insulation to provide environmental friendly and cheap heating. Aberdeenshire council will receive over £ 2 million in support.

Commenting, Mr Salmond stated: “This is a welcome boost on the path to overcoming fuel poverty, especially for the most vulnerable in Aberdeenshire. Many of our seniors are feeling the brunt of rising fuel prices. Aberdeenshire Council will receive over £2 million as part of this initiative.”

“Many of our older people are in homes without sufficient insulation, which as a result are wasting heat. The installation of adequate insulation will keep homes warm, and save money in the long term for both the bill-payer and frontline services such as the NHS.”

“In addition to helping heat homes this investment will fuel jobs in the area for those providing the insulation work.”

“Tackling the issue of fuel poverty is a priority for the Scottish Government, but it risks remaining a long term project under our limited devolution. With the full fiscal levers of independence we could eradicate fuel poverty in the north east and right across Scotland.”