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Housing Energy Efficiency

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:12 am on 30th March 2000.

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Photo of Frank McAveety Frank McAveety Labour 11:12 am, 30th March 2000

I am sorry, but I will not take an intervention at the moment.

The healthy homes initiatives and increases in benefit for low-income households represent substantial help for fuel-poor households. We are listening to many of the pressure groups in Scotland, to address those issues over the forthcoming period.

Although the improvement and repairs grant system is one way in which we can do something substantial, the forthcoming housing bill will reform the grant system. For the first time, it will include work to improve energy efficiency, and grants will be available for cavity wall, loft, tank and pipe insulation and for space and water heating. The households on the lowest incomes will qualify for grants at rates of up to 100 per cent. We are targeting that investment, as Robin Harper indicated, to the most needy people. Such a step forward could be a major change.

Climate change was also raised by Robin Harper.