Dumfries and Galloway will receive over £2 million in support from the SNP Scottish Government at Holyrood to help protect the region’s most vulnerable households, the party said this week.
The SNP group said the money will be invested in the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland (HEEPS) with the aim of making homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and cutting household energy bills.
Dumfries and Galloway will receive £2,047,669.00 for 2014/15, an increase of almost £800,000.00 on last year, which has been warmly welcomed by South of Scotland MSP Aileen McLeod.
Aileen said: “This investment from the SNP Government will go directly to those who need it most. Rising energy bills are of huge concern to everybody right now and the importance of ensuring your home is properly insulated is a basic step which can reduce your monthly fuel bills.
“This support will help the residents of Dumfries & Galloway ensure that their homes are better protected from the cold and their wallets protected from energy companies.
“We know that Dumfries and Galloway has a particularly high level of fuel poverty, with around 40% of the region’s households struggling to heat their own homes. It is scandalous that fuel poverty is a problem in an energy-rich nation like Scotland.
“With a Yes vote in September, the Scottish Government would have the power to properly regulate the energy market and stop the UK Government at Westminster disproportionately aiming its cuts agenda against Scotland.”