13th November, 2013

The Scottish government has extended the Green Homes Cashback scheme to social housing providers.

The Scottish government has extended a grant scheme to local authorities and housing associations to help more Scots get green upgrades to their homes. The Green Homes Cashback scheme, managed by the Energy Saving Trust, was launched in November 2012 to give householders cash back towards the cost of measures to make their homes greener.

One year on, Scotland’s 32 local authorities and 246 registered social landlords (RSLs) can also apply for a grant of up to £1m for homes under their care. Their bid can also include improvements to private housing. The money must be put towards making energy-saving upgrades such as installing insulation and new boilers.

Up to £1,200 is available per home, so housing associations could help more than 800 of their tenants save money on fuel bills, while enhancing the value of their housing stock. Green upgrades funded under the scheme include: insulation; a new boiler; glazing; fitting low-energy lighting; and new heating controls.

Mike Thornton, director of the Energy Saving Trust in Scotland, said: “This is a great opportunity for local authorities and housing associations to get up to £1m cashback towards the cost of greening their housing stock and, most importantly, reducing fuel bills for their tenants.

“I would urge all social housing providers to download an application form and apply today. All the work has to be completed by the end of March 2014 and the money will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “Fuel poverty is an absolute scandal in an energy-rich country like Scotland. It is our belief that everyone in Scotland should live in a warm and safe home that doesn’t cost the earth to heat.

“The extension of the Green Homes Cashback scheme will give local authorities and housing associations the means to help their tenants combat rising energy bills, which are a huge concern for this government.

“We want to do everything we can to help people cut the amount of money they spend on fuel this winter.”

Source: HABM Online

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