Responding to the announcement today (Tuesday 3rd April) from the Scottish Government that the Universal Home Insulation scheme is to be extended, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations said tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency must remain priorities for the Scottish Government.
David Stewart, SFHA Policy & Strategy Manager, said: “The SFHA welcomes the continuation of the Universal Home Insulation Scheme, as fuel poverty continues to bite for many households in Scotland. While housing associations have the most energy efficient homes in Scotland, inflation-busting rises in domestic energy bills have seen investment in the energy efficiency of existing homes struggle to keep pace.
“That is why the SFHA is calling for continued and significant investment in a national retrofit programme to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland's existing homes. This programme would cut fuel poverty; create jobs and training opportunities and help tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions (as existing homes are responsible for over 25% of Scotland's carbon emissions).”
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1) The SFHA was established in 1975 and has around 170 members providing affordable housing and wider community services in Scotland, as well as a further 200 commercial members. The SFHA is owned by its membership and exists to support the work of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland by providing services, advice and good practice guidance.
2) The SFHA is the voice of the principal builders and managers of new affordable housing for rent in Scotland. Housing Associations own and manage around 40% of the country’s affordable rented housing stock, over a quarter of a million homes across Scotland.
3) Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.
4) The SFHA is a member of both the Scottish Government’s Fuel Poverty Forum, and the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland