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Fuel-poor Scottish homes to benefit from £60 funding pot

The Scottish government is creating a £60 million fund that will go towards making households living in fuel poverty warmer.

It's hoped the cash can be used to help install measures like loft, cavity and solid wall insulation, which will make properties more energy efficient.

The country's housing minister Margaret Burgess said: "This £60 million investment will be distributed across all of Scotland’s local authorities and will help households in fuel poor areas stay warm and reduce their energy bills."

Ms Burgess added the government was intending to invest "almost a quarter of a billion pounds" over three years to tackle the issue of fuel poverty, which would not only help the country to meet carbon emissions targets, but also help sustain the insulation industry.

Ministers said they intended to transfer responsibility for the Energy Companies Obligation and Warm Homes Discount schemes from power providers to the government if Scotland was to gain independence.

Posted by Paul Taylor