£3 million to reduce bills

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Older, cold houses will be transformed into environmentally friendly homes which are easier and cheaper to heat thanks to new Scottish Government funding.

Homes across Scotland will receive measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing and central heating systems under a wave of pilot projects for the Scottish Government’s National Retrofit Programme.

This will help to reduce household heating bills, provide opportunities for local businesses and drive down the number of people in fuel poverty as well as supporting up to 70 jobs across Scotland.

Local authorities and registered social landlords will work in partnership with energy companies to deliver the programme, specifically targeting areas where fuel poverty is a concern.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess, who announced that an initial £3 million will be used to get the programme under way in several pilot areas, said: “People living in older, colder homes often struggle to pay their heating bills.”