£4 million Home Heating Support Fund launched

The Scottish Government has launched a £4 million support fund to help people struggling with their energy bills during the coronavirus lockdown.

The scheme, which will be administered by national advice service  Advice Direct Scotland, is designed to prevent households falling into fuel poverty.

The Home Heating Support Fund is open until March 31 and applications can only be made on behalf of individuals by ‘referral partners’.

The referral partner for Angus residents is Save Cash and Reduce Fuel (SCARF) and their Angus Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT Team). Their expert debt advisers will assess eligibility and apply for funding on the individual’s behalf if appropriate.

Targeted funding will reflect each individual’s circumstances, with extra support available for households where one person is over 75, they rely on electric heating, or live in a remote or island community.

Eligibility is based on households which are ‘self-rationing’ their energy, meaning those who are deliberately limiting their energy use so that they can afford to spend money on other goods or services. This could be as a result of home-working or home-schooling due to the pandemic. Any households which are ‘off-supply’ are not eligible for the fund, and should seek support from their energy supplier or organisations which can refer them to the Fuel Bank Foundation.

For more information and to check your eligibility, call HEAT Team on 0808 129 0888

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