Fuel Poverty (People with Disabilities)

Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 24th June 1999.

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Photo of Lloyd Quinan Lloyd Quinan Scottish National Party 2:30 pm, 24th June 1999

To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it intends to implement to alleviate fuel poverty among people with disabilities. (S1O-96)

Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

The new warm deal will be introduced on 1 July. Householders in receipt of benefits, including disability benefits, will be eligible for a grant of up to £500 for home insulation. The annual budget will be £12 million. That is twice the amount that was spent in 1997.

Photo of Lloyd Quinan Lloyd Quinan Scottish National Party

Having, in the preparations for the new warm deal, prioritised private sector housing, will the minister give a similar priority to people with disabilities in both public and private housing?

Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

The warm deal will benefit 25,000 people on low incomes. We are keen to ensure that its benefits are widely received.