Changeworks Chief Executive Teresa Bray joins Minister Margaret Burgess for launch of £60m scheme

Changeworks Chief Executive Teresa Bray and Programme Manager Nicola Mcleod joined Margaret Burgess MSP, the Minister for Housing and Welfare, and Councillor Judy Hamilton, Fife Council’s Executive Spokesperson for Housing and Building Services, at Ravenscraig in Kirkcaldy Wednesday, 4 June 2014, for the official launch of the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Efficiency Programmes: Area Based Schemes (HEEPS:ABS) for 2014/15.

The event marks the start of the latest round of HEEPS:ABS projects which aim to make homes warmer, more environmentally friendly and cheaper to heat by installing energy efficiency measures such as external wall, cavity and loft insulation.

Changeworks Chief Executive Teresa Bray says:

“Here in South East Scotland we work in partnership with local authorities at every stage of these projects. The scheme supports people out of fuel poverty by reducing their energy bills while keeping them cosy. It’s good for the planet too, as saving heat cuts our carbon footprint.”

Provisional HEEPS:ABS funding of £60million was announced in March. Since then, local authorities in South East Scotland have worked closely with Changeworks to submit detailed bids to the Scottish Government for their share of the money.

Councils now know how much they have to spend and what they can spend it on.

The Scottish Government announced that South East Scotland has been allocated £11,066,348, with Fife receiving £2,933,009, Edinburgh £3,356,554, East Lothian £777,926, Midlothian £1,157,000, West Lothian £1,723,713 and Scottish Borders £1,118,146.

 

Photo L-R: Rab McIvor Alumasc, Jim Mullen Fife Council, Lorriane Dunsire Alumasc, Nicola Mcleod Changeworks, David Torrance MSP, Minister, Ian Dawson Fife Council, Judy Hamilton Cllr, Teresa Bay Changeworks, Carol Aitken Scottish Gas, Lawrence Brown Cllr, Szabolcs Kerek Fife Council, Kay Carrington Cllr

Photo: © Neil Hanna Photography