Changeworks welcomes the announcement that Warmworks has won the bid to deliver the next phase of the Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme. The delivery of the new national contract will begin from 2 October 2023, with further information to follow about how households can apply for support.
Warmworks – a joint venture partnership between Changeworks, Energy Saving Trust and Everwarm – has managed the Scottish Government’s previous national programme, Warmer Homes Scotland, since 2015. Through Warmer Homes Scotland, over 33,000 households across Scotland were supported to improve the energy efficiency of their home and better manage their energy costs.
Warmer Homes Scotland has played a key role in ensuring that the alleviation of fuel poverty and the decarbonisation of homes go hand in hand. The scheme offers grants for insulation, efficient heating and renewable technologies to those householders who are most at risk from unaffordable energy costs. These efficiency measures reduce energy consumption, lowering both energy bills and the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere.
Josiah Lockhart, Chief Executive of Changeworks, says:
“We welcome the Scottish Government’s new national programme to help households across Scotland to live in more energy efficient homes. We are delighted that Warmworks have won the bid to deliver this contract and look forward to continuing to work with Warmworks.
The new programme marks a step change for Scotland’s journey towards a just transition to net zero, as it will allow more people to access the help and support they need. This will be key to tackling the twin challenges of fuel poverty and the climate emergency.”
Given the escalating climate emergency and increase in fuel poverty, working together to scale up reach has never been more important.