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Capital Stimulus Programme

Please see below a copy of a recent letter from Andy Robinson, Head of Area Based Schemes, Better Homes Division, Scottish Government.

"Last week, in the Programme for Government, the First Minister announced measures to support and stimulate the economy in the wake of the EU referendum. This included an additional £10m to be allocated to domestic energy efficiency.
 
Having considered how best this funding can be quickly utilised to boost economic activity we propose to set aside £9m to assist social landlords in meeting the EESH. The funding can be used for any ECO-eligible measure required to help bring local authority or RSL properties up to the EESH and does not require to be matched by either the landlords own resources or any other source of funding. In order to maximise delivery across Scotland we have decided to cap individual offers of funding to £500k.
 
As this funding is designed to provide a short-term economic boost it must be fully spent and invoiced by end-March 2017. And it must cover activity not planned for this financial year or which can be brought forward from future years. You will need to work closely with Registered Social Landlords in your area to identify priority projects and I have copied this letter to RSL Chief Executives to suggest they contact your officials to discuss.
 
COSLA leaders are considering this proposal at their meeting on the 30th September but we need to move quickly in order to ensure this funding can be fully taken up and spent in this financial year so I am asking you to consider options for using this funding now. We have worked closely with Local Authorities and RSLs over the past few years in successfully delivering our HEEPS: ABS program and I’m sure we can deliver on this. I would be grateful if you could consider whether you can take up this funding and reply to me by no later than Friday 7th October.
 
I have separately copied this to the relevant HEEPS: ABS officer within each local authority and included the one-page funding request form we require from each council. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any more information."


This is great news for energy efficiency in Scotland and particularly for the social housing sector. To see how your homes could benefit from our External Wall Insulation and attract this funding visit our website or contact us to arrange a CPD.

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