Scottish Government extend heating help after freezing winter

Up to 2,500 households will receive £400 towards the cost of a new boiler, under a £1 million boiler scrappage scheme starting February 1.

Social landlords across Scotland will also receive a share of £1 million to upgrade over 3,000 properties with insulation, draught-proofing and lagging for pipes.

And more free central heating systems will be available for low-income homeowners who contact the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0800 512 012

Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil said:

"This funding will help households in the private and social sectors to save energy, cut their fuel bills and importantly keep warm, even in the coldest weather.

"We know household budgets are under pressure so the more we can do to put money back into people’s pockets, the better.

"At the same time we are providing an economic stimulus for the heating industry, helping to boost demand and supporting jobs."

Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers Federation Director Robert Burgon said:

"The Scottish Government’s decision to extend the boiler scrappage scheme will be a great opportunity for households to upgrade their inefficient heating systems which will be costing them many hundreds of pounds each year in wasted fuel costs.

"The recent poor weather has highlighted the importance properly maintained central heating plays in our lives and installing a new system will not only help the environment it will also help save money on heating bills.

"Like many other industries the plumbing and heating sector has been badly hit by the recession and the scheme will prove a boost to many SNIPEF member businesses."

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