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Over 1000 Falkirk homes to get fuel poverty help

Homes will benefit from external wall insulation to help with fuel poverty and energy efficiency. Picture: Michael Gillen (131619d)

Homes will benefit from external wall insulation to help with fuel poverty and energy efficiency. Picture: Michael Gillen (131619d)

 

More than 1000 households in the Falkirk district will get help to heat their homes over the next year.

Falkirk Council and Paragon Housing have been given just over £1.7 million from the Scottish Government to boost energy efficiency and help families cope with fuel poverty.

A further £700,000 grant has also been pledged by utility companies to install over 1500 energy efficiency measures in private and socially rented homes across the area.

Homes which are “hard to heat” or at risk of fuel poverty will be targeted over the coming months.

The funding package will help provide homes with efficient central heating, insulation, subsidised external wall insulation, insulated cladding and subsidised cavity and loft insulation.

Housing spokesman Councillor Gerry Goldie said: “These schemes will put more money in local residents’ pockets by cutting fuel bills while also creating employment and reduce the impact hard to heat homes can have on health and wellbeing.

“Our partnership working with Paragon Housing and various utility companies is paying off and will benefit many local people thanks to a range of energy efficiency measures.”

The funding package includes proposals for: new efficient central heating and insulation for up to 55 private homes in rural areas which are off the gas grid; up to 189 private homes and 142 social homes to receive subsidised external wall insulation and improvements including insulated over cladding for 94 high rise properties; and subsidised cavity and loft insulation for up to 68 private and 500.

The packages is to benefit tenants in Falkirk Council, Paragon Housing Association, privately rented and owner occupied homes.

A council spokeswoman said: “Funding is available subject to survey for property types and areas identified as meeting specific eligibility criteria such as being particularly ‘hard to heat’ or at risk of fuel poverty.

“Letters will be sent to all eligible households with details of the schemes as contractors are secured to deliver them throughout 2014/15.”

 

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