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Over £9 million to improve energy efficiency.

Homes and businesses across 11 local authority areas will be warmer and cheaper to heat thanks to over £9 million of Scottish Government funding.

South Lanarkshire Council has been awarded portions of the £9 million fund to pilot new and innovative approaches to drive down energy bills and tackle climate change.

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Pathfinder Fund is being directed at businesses, community groups and individuals working and living in areas with particularly high levels of fuel poverty.

These pilots will help shape the wider work that will be delivered when SEEP is rolled out further from 2018.

Commenting on the funding, Christina McKelvie MSP said:

“South Lanarkshire has been the recipient of over £597,013 worth of Scottish Government funding, ensuring that those most in need get the required support to heat their homes.

“The funding has warmed nearly 400 homes and properties throughout South Lanarkshire, with businesses and community organisations also benefiting from the fund.

“Through SEEP, the Scottish Government remain committed to tackling the fuel poverty that exists within our communities.

Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities Angela Constance added:

“Since 2008 over one million energy efficiency measures have been installed in almost one million households across Scotland which has helped make homes warmer and easier to heat.

“These SEEP pilot projects will build on our existing support for households and also improve the energy efficiency of community centres, charities, businesses and commercial properties.

“The Scottish Government will continue to prioritise tackling fuel poverty and remains committed to helping those most in need.