Fuel poverty and climate change in South Ayrshire

The Scottish Government has a wide ranging vision that by 2040 “Our homes and buildings are warmer, greener and more energy efficient.”

As part of the delivery of this vision the Scottish Government work with Local Authorities and provide funding to develop and deliver energy efficiency programmes (mainly solid wall insulation) in areas with high levels of fuel poverty. This funding is blended with Energy Company Obligation funding, owner’s contributions and funding from registered social landlords who may choose to insulate their homes at the same time.

The area-based schemes are designed and delivered by councils with local delivery partners. They target fuel-poor areas to provide energy efficiency measures to a large number of Scottish homes while delivering emission savings and helping reduce fuel poverty. More information on this can be found within the Councils Local Housing Strategy.

Since the area-based schemes have been in place we have helped to deliver energy efficiency measures along with our managing agent The Energy Agency to around 2000 households within South Ayrshire representing an investment of over £12 million pounds.

In 2019/20 the area-based schemes continue with projects ongoing in the Newton Green area of Ayr, Castleview area of Dundonald. There will also be projects due to commence throughout the course of this financial year in Colmonell as well as Mossblown. These projects will be supported through a mixture of Scottish Govt funding, Council funding as well as other contributions and funding sources. This will see a further 280 homes within the local area benefit from this scheme and reduced heating costs due to increased energy efficiency.

South Ayrshire continues to access available funding streams and has published a Statement of Intent in order to access Flexible Eligibility funding through the Energy Contribution Obligation (ECO). The current Statement of Intent for ECO-3 (2018-2022), along with superseded Statements for previous ECO obligation periods, can be viewed below: