Glasgow approves energy efficiency and fuel poverty programme
The action plan for Glasgow City Council’s 2017-22 Affordable Warmth Programme has been informed by four key policy themes which are improving Glasgow’s housing stock and new build standards; maximising the benefits of home energy efficiency schemes for the residents of Glasgow; affordable warmth advice and assistance; and sustainability and resilience in the face of climate change.
The action plan will deliver improved housing stock in Glasgow, with new build homes using renewable technologies and other measures to deliver increased energy efficiency in existing stock, and will see the council working with partners such as registered social landlords, owner-occupiers, private landlords, housing associations, commercial housebuilders and the Scottish Government.
The council will also seek to attract as much funding as possible to help deliver the action plan, and will support the provision of free and impartial energy advice to mitigate against the effects of increasing fuel costs. Action will also be taken to ensure the city is resilient to the effects of climate change and reduce Glasgow’s carbon footprint.
Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow’s Affordable Warmth Programme has already achieved a great deal for the people of the city, including an annual dividend of £100 for our older people since 2011, and spent around £60 million on delivering energy efficiency on almost 9,000 homes in that period. The programme for the next five years will continue this fantastic work in the city’s existing homes and those under construction.”
The 2017-22 Affordable Warmth Programme for the city will submitted to the Scottish Government in due course.