Glasgow City council granted £6.8 million to help tackle fuel poverty

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More than £6.8 million has been granted to Glasgow City Council by Energy Efficient Scotland to help fund residential energy efficiency improvements.

Members of the City Administration Committee formally accepted the award of over £6.8 million for 2024/25 at their meeting this morning.

This is the 12th year of Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Schemes programme which aims to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency by helping to make Scotland’s existing buildings near zero carbon by 2045 wherever possible.

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In line with Scottish Government guidelines to identify fuel poor households, the Glasgow programme will be targeted in geographic areas that are within the lowest 25% Scottish Index Multiple Deprivation (2020) and within in council tax band A-C or tax band D in certain conditions.

It will also help people in mixed tenure blocks operated by registered social landlords (RSL) as well as those living in vulnerable conditions to the cold.

During the meeting,councillor Soryia Siddique said: “I certainly welcome the funding to Glasgow. From memory historically there has been issues of uptake for this grant.

“I just remember that from the past few years when papers have been presented to this committee. Are you confident that there will be a full uptake of the grant?”

Councillor Angus Millar responded: “There have been various challenges in seeking to maximise the uptake and the full draw down of the allocation we received in recent years.

“Some of those are related to procurement and we are continuing to review that.

“There are also issues with the fact that this is a voluntary scheme. We cannot compel owner occupiers or private landlords to participate in it.”

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