Fuel poverty

Aberdeenshire energy efficiency scheme benefits from government funding

A pilot project to improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire is to move forward following the award of more than £660,000 by the Scottish Government.

Published 19 October 2016

Blog: An innovative and efficient way of tackling fuel poverty among housing association tenants

Earlier this year the Guardian reported that cold homes are a bigger killer across the UK than road accidents, drug abuse or alcohol abuse. The story also highlighted that cold-related illness and hospital admissions will cost the NHS more than £22 billion over the next 15 years. Jason Amos from English housing association Moat said as a landlord with a real social purpose, Moat takes these sorts of figures seriously and does what it can to drive them down wherever possible.

Published 19 October 2016

Blog: Energy efficiency deserves a place in any stimulus package

Professor Karen Turner and Dr Fiona Riddoch from the University of Strathclyde Centre for Energy Policy outline why new thinking shows energy efficiency investment can cut costs, improve health and boost the economy.

Published 17 October 2016

Second phase of Manor Estates wall insulation programme begins

Manor Estates Housing Association is about to embark on next stage of its successful Wall Insulation Programme.

Published 14 October 2016

Government allocates over £9m of SEEP funding to help alleviate fuel poverty

Homes and businesses across 11 local authority areas are to receive a share of over £9 million of Scottish Government funding to pilot new and innovative approaches to drive down energy bills and tackle climate change.

Published 3 October 2016

New £10m pilot loan scheme to increase energy efficiency and repair homes

More people will be able to make their homes warm and water-tight through a new £10 million fund.

Published 21 September 2016

Hebridean Housing Partnership’s effort to tackle fuel poverty recognised

As fuel poverty in the Western Isles continues to climb, a report to the Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) board has highlighted the Association’s progress as it endeavours to provide tenants with the best opportunities possible to escape fuel poverty.

Published 20 September 2016

Economists call for ’shot in the arm’ to boost warm homes

Leading economists have today backed calls for greater investment in energy efficiency in Scotland, calling it one of the best ways to drive up economic activity and tackle cold homes.

Published 12 September 2016

Programme for Government 2016-17 – Housing at a glance

After First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government to MSPs at Holyrood yesterday, Scottish Housing News highlights the details of interest to housing associations and the wider sector.

Published 7 September 2016

Sector welcomes Programme for Government

The Scottish Government’s priority for warm homes has “lit up” the Programme for Government and been welcomed across the sector.

Published 7 September 2016

Warm homes guarantee ‘should be government programme priority’

A commitment to ensure everyone in Scotland lives in a warm home and action to address fuel poverty should be priorities for the Scottish Government, campaigners said today.

Published 6 September 2016

Impending missed target sparks call for national fuel poverty programme

Campaigners are marking three months to Scotland’s fuel poverty deadline by calling for a three point plan to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s cold and leaky homes.

Published 30 August 2016

Blog: My vision for Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme

To coincide with the announcement of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme pilots, which is expected any day now, Changeworks is developing a series of insight papers to inform the debate on how to best deliver the programme.

Published 30 August 2016

Kingdom appointment helps to drive the power bills down

Kingdom Housing Association has appointed Michael Hui as its new energy advice officer to help families cut their power bills.

Published 24 August 2016

Aberdeen City Council to set up arms-length energy company

Councillors in Aberdeen have agreed to progress plans for an arms-length external organisation (ALEO) to manage all the local authority’s energy-related activity.

Published 18 August 2016