Households living in fuel poverty in Falkirk district will benefit from a £60 million fund to make their homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and cheaper to heat following an announcement by Housing Minister Margaret Burgess MSP.

The investment, which is targeted at fuel poor households across Scotland, will be used for the installation of energy efficiency measures such as solid wall, cavity and loft insulation.

Around £42 million will be split between the 32 councils while the remaining £18 million will be made available to local authorities to develop larger scale schemes.

In welcoming this additional finance for Falkirk Council Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson MSP said:

“This £907,000 investment will help households in Falkirk districts fuel poor areas stay warm and reduce their energy bills.

“I know that rising energy bills remain a huge concern for the Scottish Government. This additional funding for the council will see homes across Falkirk district receive new measures like solid wall insulation and help to drive down the number of people living in fuel poverty”.

Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald added:

“This funding will make such a difference to local people over the hard winter months. It will help householders to stay warm and reduce their energy bills. In some cases it will make a huge difference to people who are living in fuel poverty.

“Of the £60 million funding available, Falkirk Council secured a massive £907,446,I would encourage local people to apply for this extra assistance through which they can insulate their homes and reduce their energy bills.”