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HITTING THE WARM HOMES TARGET

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Promises made by the executive in deliver warmer, cheaper to run homes for Scotland's most vulnerable citizens are ...
Promises made by the executive in deliver warmer, cheaper to run homes for Scotland's most vulnerable citizens are running ahead of schedule, according to a report published today.

In 1999 the Programme for Government pledged to improve 100,000 houses suffering from dampness and condensation by 2003 and create 400 New Deal places each year in tackling poverty and insulation. Today's report Quantifying the benefits of the Warm Deal shows these targets have been exceeded.

'I am delighted to report that to date over 120,000 houses have been insulated and we have therefore comfortably met our PFG target well ahead of schedule,' social justice Minister Jackie Baillie said.

'This is in large measure due to the commitment of local authorities and Eaga Partnership to make progress in tackling fuel poverty. We also created and sustained 400 New Deal places providing training and work opportunities.

'We will continue to publish annual reports on the Warm Deal and the Central Heating Programme. I am confident that future reports for both programmes will continue to show that real progress is being made in reducing the number of fuel poor and improving the living conditions of some of Scotland's most vulnerable households.

'The executive is committed to improving peoples lives by providing warmer more comfortable homes lessening the threat to health from cold and damp houses. We want to build a compassionate Scotland where everyone matters.'

This report is about the Warm Deal in 2000-01. The Warm Deal improves home energy efficiency for low income families and pensioners and tackles one of the three main causes of fuel poverty: poor insulation. It also improves comfort, lowers the incidence of cold-related illnesses and reduces climate-changing emissions of CO2.

The main findings of the report are that the Warm Deal in Scotland in 2000-01 resulted in:

49,215 dwellings being improved

increase in average energy rating on the NHER scale ranging from 1.0 amongst owner-occupiers to 0.9 for tenants of local authorities

potential savings in average annual fuel bills of£95 for owner-occupiers and£62 for local authority tenants

annual emissions of CO2 cut by 42,000 tonnes and

400 New Deal places created for the long term unemployed

Today's report is the second from the Executive setting out the benefits flowing from government-funded home energy efficiency.

Taken together the reports show that between April 1999 and March 2001, 96,300 homes have been insulated and emissions of CO2 cut by 77,000 tonnes. In each of the last two years, 400 long-term unemployed young people, taking part in the New Deal, have received quality work experience and training through installing home insulation measures.

The new Central Heating Programme will provide central heating and insulation to 30,000 households in local authority and housing association homes, and 40,000 pensioner households in the private sector, who lack central heating. They will receive free central heating, insulation, a cold alarm, carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector, energy efficiency advice and a check of entitlement to state benefit. Those who benefit will have warmer homes, which are cheaper to heat. Condensation damp will be eradicated or reduced and so will cold-related illnesses. Fuel poverty will be significantly reduced.

Eaga Partnership Ltd have been involved in the provision of energy efficiency measures since 1991, when it was established to run the Home Energy efficiency Scheme throughout the UK. The company's head office is in Newcastle, but delivery of the Central Heating Programme and the Warm Deal will be managed from their office in Edinburgh. Potential applicants can find out more about either programme by contacting:

Eaga Partnership Ltd

Freepost

SCO 4421

Edinburgh

EH6 0BR

Or by calling on freephone number - 0800 072 0150.

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