Date lodged: 12 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to provide additional funding to local authorities and housing associations to help meet the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing and, if so, how much.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 1 August 2016
Social landlords can use a wide range of funding to pay for the investment needed to bring tenants’ homes up to the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH). This comprises Scottish and UK Government schemes including the Energy Company Obligation. The Scottish Government for example introduced a new £5m Home Energy Efficiency programme for Scotland (HEEPS) loan scheme in 2016 to assist Registered Social Landlords deliver the EESSH. Appropriate on-going levels of financial support will be considered during next year’s planned review of EESSH. This review will support the wider development of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme the cornerstone of our designation of Energy Efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority.