Scotland to give energy efficient homes £87 million boost
Scottish Housing Minister Keith Brown has announced plans to invest an additional £87 million in the construction of affordable energy efficient homes in the region.
The funding will be split between the housing infrastructure loan fund, which will receive £42 million, and the Scottish Government’s affordable housing budget over the period 2012-13 to 2014-15, which will get a £45 million boost.
The boost to the housing infrastructure loan fund, which includes £10 million for a new greener housing innovation scheme, is aimed at encouraging councils and housing associations to build homes using efficient and environmentally friendly technology.
The funds also include £5 million to support connecting fuel poor communities to the gas grid in a nod to the recommendations of the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum’s recent review.
“Despite the severe constraints on our budget imposed by the UK Government, the supply of new affordable housing that is energy efficient for householders, has always been a high priority for the Scottish Government,” commented Brown in a statement. “This funding package includes a strong focus on enhancing our energy efficiency agenda within housing supply.”