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CAS welcomes Swinney announcement of new funds for energy efficiency

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has welcomed the announcement of £20million in new funding for energy efficiency in the Scottish Budget today.

CAS spokesperson Sarah Beattie-Smith says,

"With nearly 40% of Scottish homes in fuel poverty, today's announcement is very welcome. Energy efficiency is the best way to tackle fuel poverty and it's in the Scottish government's power to address the chronic issue of cold, damp, draughty homes.

“Looking ahead to the target to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016, it's clear that much more needs to be done, including making energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority and funding it properly. Today’s announcement is a welcome step along this road however, and we need to make sure that progress is maintained. Nobody in Scotland should be struggling to maintain a basic level of warmth in their home.”