Midlothian MSP welcomes home heat help

Christine Grahame MSP is welcoming a cash injection of over £2.5 million to tackle fuel poverty in her Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituency.

The Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) funding will make homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and easier and cheaper to heat.

Scottish Borders and Midlothian Councils have both been allocated around £1.3 million.

Ms Grahame said: “This money will see many homes in my constituency receive new measures like solid-wall insulation, which will help drive down the number of people living in fuel poverty.

“It will also generate work and support jobs, which will provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.

The Scottish Government is actively working with councils and energy companies to ensure that Scotland continues to get its fair share of funding for efficiency programmes like these to help tackle fuel poverty.

She said: “Basic energy efficiency measures can make a huge difference to families in my constituency who are struggling to make ends meet.

“Rising energy bills remain a huge concern for many people in Scotland and I hope Scottish Borders and Midlothian councils will work to ensure all households in their area receive an offer to have the energy efficiency of their home improved.”