Funding secured to fight against fuel poverty

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Argyll and Bute Council and Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) have secured £1.23m government money to fight fuel poverty.

The funding for Warm Homes Argyll and Bute is from the UK Government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator (SHDFD) project and will be managed and delivered by ACHA with support from SSE Energy Solutions, owned by OVO.

This represents a £4.92 million investment in social housing across Argyll and Bute. Along with the grant award, ACHA has committed £3.177 million in match funding in partnership with SSE Energy Solutions which has committed £513,000. This project will improve the energy efficiency of 130 homes across Argyll and Bute, including on 11 islands.

Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Robin Currie, said: ‘In Argyll and Bute we are firmly committed to tackling fuel poverty and climate change. It was great to support ACHA to access funding for a project that will bring older homes up to modern energy standards in the most cost-effective way, particularly in rural and island communities. That’s good for our people and our planet.’

The project aims to provide a model that can be replicated, not only in Argyll and Bute, but across the UK.