Funding to tackle fuel poverty

Calor Gas and Energy Action Scotland have for the third year provided £5,000 to the Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) to help residents to become more energy efficient.

The funding is part of the Strategic Affordable Warmth Fund (SAWF), which aims to help those most at risk of fuel poverty.

In the first two years HHP allocated the funding to support a post to develop a detailed fuel poverty strategy and a monitoring framework and provide access to energy advice.

This year, HHP will use the funding to continue this work to ensure that people have access to this information through a series of drop-in centres across the islands.

Hebridean Housing Partnership Chair, David Blaney said: “The HHP Affordable Warmth Strategy is the cornerstone of our approach here in the Western Isles to fuel poverty eradication.

“Our own insulation and heating programmes have made a significant contribution towards alleviating fuel poverty.

“The funding has enabled HHP to strengthen a locally focused partnership approach and provided resources to help HHP take bigger strides to addressing fuel poverty.”

MSP for the Western Isles, Alasdair Allan said: “Fuel poverty is a massive issue in the Western Isles, where many people simply cannot afford to heat their homes adequately.

“Funding like this goes a long way in helping hard pressed families and pensioners seek out the advice and information they need to become more energy efficient in the longer term, whilst hopefully keeping their homes warmer and reducing their bills.”