Scottish Government launches national drive to cut fuel poverty

The Scottish Government is set to unveil a £224m national fuel drive later this year to improve the country’s fuel poverty.

The scheme will improve the way customers receive energy efficiency services, by offering advice and support from the outset, and any necessary aftercare to make homes warmer and more efficient.

The drive will be delivered by Warmworks Scotland, a joint venture of the Energy Saving Trust, Changeworks and Everwarm, to provide support to the fuel poor.

Households are considered to be in fuel poverty if they are required to spend more than 10% of their household income on fuel to maintain satisfactory heating in their home.

The Scottish Government have promised to ensure nobody is living in fuel poverty in Scotland by November 2016.

Energy Saving Trust director of government services, Mike Thornton, said: 'Each customer will receive their own personal adviser and be supported through any complex issue or challenge they may face. This project will continue to help improve the lives of people in Scotland by making their homes warmer and more comfortable.'

Over the next five years the scheme will harness major Government investment to install improvements in thousands of Scottish homes.

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This article has been adapted from an article published in Local Gov.