Action plan turns up the heat on fuel poverty

Fuel poverty affects thousands of Borderers
Fuel poverty affects thousands of Borderers
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The council has set out a series of measures it hopes will tackle the high levels of fuel poverty in the area over the next three years.

In the Borders, 22 per cent of all households are in fuel poverty, while another 15 per cent are in extreme fuel poverty,

Councillors approved the final Fuel Poverty Delivery Plan and associated action plan on Tuesday.

Donna Bogdanovic, senior housing strategy officer, said: “The action plan outlines a range of commitments from SBC, such as continuing to offer home energy advice, help for people to maximise their incomes and, in particular, our commitment to invest heavily in home energy efficiency measures across the region – with grant funding support from the Scottish Government.

“This is one of the most cost effective ways to help reduce fuel bills and help ensure people have a warm and comfortable home.”

Councillors were told that extra funding from utility firms could more than triple the cash available.

Ms Bogdanovic said the implementation of the action plan would ‘go a long way’ to lifting people out of fuel poverty and prevent others falling into it.

Councillor Donald Moffat said: “I think we are moving in the right direction on this.”

According to National Home Energy Ratings, just 39 per cent of Borders homes are rated good for energy efficiency, 20 per cent less than the overall Scottish total.