Work resumes on Warmer Homes Scotland fuel poverty scheme

A national scheme to help reduce people’s fuel bills restarted yesterday, bringing more than 300 staff out of furlough to start installing energy efficiency measures in people’s homes.

Warmer Homes Scotland is the Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme, which is delivered by Warmworks Scotland LLP.

Work on the scheme is resuming where social distancing guidelines can be fully maintained, in line with the site operating procedures published by Construction Scotland and guidance for the construction sector by the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government has allocated £26 million in 2020-2021 to invest in energy efficiency measures through Warmer Homes Scotland to make the homes of those living in or at risk of fuel poverty warmer and more affordable to heat.

Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “Our national scheme to help make more homes become energy efficient will re-start on July 1, which should help to reduce fuel bills and provide vital support to those who have been struggling even more as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.

“Warmer Homes Scotland makes a huge difference to the lives of thousands of fuel poor households every year and I know this will also be welcome news to the hundreds of workers employed to deliver the service.

“We want a Scotland where everyone lives in a warm home and where we have put an end to fuel poverty. By 2021 the Scottish Government will have allocated over £1 billion to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency, making people’s homes warmer and cheaper to heat.

“I would ask people to please be patient while work resumes. Warmworks will contact people as soon as possible to confirm when their service will be restarted.”

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