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Caithness towns to benefit from extra funding for insulation measures

By Alan Hendry

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The scheme covers loft insulation and other energy-efficiency measures.
The scheme covers loft insulation and other energy-efficiency measures.

Thurso and Wick are among seven towns in the Highland Council area that will benefit from extra funding for insulation.

The Scottish Government has approved an increase to grant aid for energy-efficiency measures for eligible properties in the two Caithness towns along with Aviemore, Carrbridge, Fort William, the Grantown area and Tain.

As a result, the deadline to register interest in the Highlands Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Scheme has been extended to October 16.

The scheme is financed through Scottish Government and Energy Company Obligation funding. It offers insulation measures (external wall, cavity wall and loft insulation) and first-time central heating to privately owned or private rented properties that meet the eligibility criteria.

The criteria can be seen on the Highland Council website .

In addition, if you own your home or are a private tenant and spend more than 20 per cent of your household income, after living costs, on heating your home then you could be eligible for a further increase in funding. A calculator is available on the council website to help work out your income after living costs and heating costs.

Malcolm Macleod, Highland Council’s executive chief officer for infrastructure and environment, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Highland owners and private rented tenants to receive significant grant funding towards the installation cost of energy-efficiency measures.

"I would encourage people to check if they are eligible for this offer which will help reduce fuel bills and support the council’s long-term objective of carbon zero by 2025.”

To register interest, go to www.highland.gov.uk/info/1210/environment/829/energy_and_sustainability/4

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