Glasgow granted over £4.5m to make homes more energy-efficient

Glasgow City Council has been granted nearly £4.75 million of funding to help make its homes more energy-efficient.

The funding is part of the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Scotland programme for 2020/21 and will be used in owner-occupied and private rented homes in wholly-owned and mixed-tenure blocks of the city.

The objectives of the scheme include upgrading housing stock, tackling fuel poverty and reducing carbon emissions.

Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm, said: “This very welcome funding from Energy Efficient Scotland will help to reduce fuel poverty in Glasgow, supporting many people and families in the city.

“Better energy efficiency in our homes not only saves money, but reduces carbon emissions and contributes to curbing climate change.”

The energy efficiency Scotland programme supports the aim of making Scotland’s existing buildings near zero-carbon wherever feasible by 2050.

It aligns with the council’s Affordable Warmth Strategy, which aims to address fuel poverty, energy inefficiency and climate change, GlasgowLive reports.

The Scottish House Condition Survey 2018 revealed that an estimated 72,000 households in Glasgow were ‘fuel poor’. It also found that over 10% of their disposable household income was spent on fuel costs.

Areas and homes in Glasgow to be targeted through this funding will be those with: the lowest Scottish Index Multiple Deprivation ratings; in Council Tax Band A-C and Tax Band D in certain conditions; low income households and fuel poor households; areas missed out of social landlords’ investment programmes; and areas where people are living in vulnerable conditions to the cold.

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