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SCOTS LOSE OUT ON HEATING GRANTS

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The Scotsman (p9) reports that local authorities have lost out on Home Energy Conservation Act payments over the pa...
The Scotsman (p9) reports that local authorities have lost out on Home Energy Conservation Act payments over the past two years, despite suffering the harshest conditions in Britain. Less than 6 per cent of government cash that would help to ease fuel bills has gone to Scottish householders. Instead, English councils have been given the vast majority of the£8.4m paid out by the government-funded Energy Savings Trust.

Friends of the Earth Scotland, which has investigated the scheme, called on the government to correct the anomaly. Director Kevin Dunion is quoted: 'There was a clear understanding that Scotland would do better in this year's grants because of the difficulty of applying in the first year [of local government reorganisation] but we are not even going to get a fair share based on population. Scotland has the coldest areas and some of the poorest housing in the UK, yet we are losing out on money that could save lives.'

An announcement concerning the successful local authorities in this year's round of applications is expected next month. It is understood that just one Scottish council is in line for a grant of about£12,000.
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