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New Scottish Government funding to help advice services in Scotland

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Home Energy Scotland to receive extra funding for services and training

The Scottish Government will award an extra £1.2m in funding for crucial support services helping people deal with rising energy prices ahead of winter.

Home Energy Scotland is one of several key agencies that will receive extra money to provide additional services to households across Scotland who are in or at risk of fuel poverty. Advice Direct Scotland, Citizens Advice Scotland and Business Energy Scotland will also receive additional funding following Thursday’s announcement.

The money will also support a training programme, delivered by Home Energy Scotland staff, that will help around 200 community groups and organisations expand the reach of impartial energy efficiency advice and support.

Crucial support and guidance will help people and organisations

Home Energy Scotland welcomed Patrick Harvie, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings and Tenants’ Rights, to the service’s Edinburgh advice centre today where he spoke to advisors who have been supporting households.

He said “The cost crisis is already hitting energy customers hard and the Scottish Government will continue to do everything within our means to support the people of Scotland through it.

“This funding will ensure that expert advisors across the country stand ready to provide crucial support and guidance to those understandably worried about their energy bills. I would urge everyone who has concerns to access these services and get the support the need.”

Laura McGadie, Group Head of Energy for Energy Saving Trust, joined Mr Harvie at the centre. She said “With the rising cost of living, and energy prices increasing, people across the UK are going to need help to reduce their bills this winter. It’s encouraging to see the Scottish Government responding to the challenges people are facing.”

“We provide impartial energy advice in Scotland through Home Energy Scotland and Business Energy Sctland and we’re seeing an increase in demand as businesses and consumers are more worried about paying their bills this winter. This announcement of more energy saving support is going to make a real difference to people and organisations in Scotland this winter.”

For further information on Thursday’s announcement from the Scottish Government, check their latest news update.