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Glasgow City Council announces £5 million plan for energy efficiency

Three affordable warmth and energy efficiency programmes in Glasgow are set to receive much-needed funds, local councillors have been told.

More than £5 million will be allocated to the schemes. The announcement comes after Glasgow City Council's regeneration and the economy committee considered report detailing how the money should be spent during the financial year.

The majority of the funding (£4.3 million) is for home energy efficiency programmes, as part of the HEEPS-ABS scheme, and was allocated to projects involving the installation of external wall insulation and a hybrid insulation for both internal and external walls in locations like Haghill, Dennistoun, Riddrie, Priesthill, Milton and Greenfield.

A national scheme from the Scottish Government - the Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme - provided £620,400. This money is going to a variety of projects, such as one to install wall insulation on pre-1919 tenements, upgrading insulation and building fabric and putting in a new heating system for Linthaugh Nursery in Rosshall. Dalmarnock Nursery School will be connected to the energy centre at the Athletes' Village, and wall insulation and heating upgrades will be carried out at the Greater Easterhouse Supporting Hands Centre, which provides a space for more than 30 community and care organisations to provide services and activities for over 600 people a week.

Finally, £340,000 will be provided to five housing associations in Glasgow - Maryhill, Cassiltoun, Thenue, Govan and Elderpark. This will give them the funds needed to meet the energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing, with works including central heating replacement, window replacement, external wall insulation, and boiler replacement.

Commenting on the funding and the huge number of projects that it will enable, councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, explained that the work would provide long-term improvements.

"These programmes deliver real and lasting social and economic benefits to many people across Glasgow, saving money on fuel bills, bringing warmer homes, and cutting emissions," he said.

He added that the works would also give the city an economic boost, with local firms and people being employed to work on the contracts.