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Scottish govt to 'tackle rising fuel poverty' with insulation

The Scottish government is looking to abolish fuel poverty by 2016 with energy-efficient measures such as cavity wall insulation.

It announced that upgrades such as these - along with double glazing and new boilers - have prevented up to 35,000 households from falling into fuel poverty over the past 12 months.

This comes after a new government survey revealed more than 100,000 Scottish families were forced into fuel poverty last year following increases in energy prices.

According to the figures, between July and October 2011, over 102,000 residents struggled to pay their utility bills after costs rose by 14 per cent.

Housing and welfare minister Margaret Burgess said gas and electricity prices are a huge concern for the government and in an energy-rich country like Scotland, fuel poverty is an "absolute scandal".

She added: "Basic energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference to Scottish families who are struggling to make ends meet, allowing them to heat their homes more cost-effectively."

The Scottish government recently announced it is investing £3.5 million in a scheme that will offer thermal insulation to over 2,200 properties.

Posted by Simon Webster