Budget hits right notes

Published date: 15 December 2016

The Scottish Government is now leading the UK on energy efficiency policy following the announcement of £140 million of investment in this area, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland has said.

Gordon Nelson, Director of FMB Scotland, said:  "The Scottish Government is right to recognise the importance of investing in our existing housing stock. Scottish homes are amongst the oldest and least energy-efficient in Europe. They are in urgent need of upgrading. The latest figures show that 748,000 Scottish households are fuel poor, and over a quarter of our country’s CO2 emissions come from residential buildings. This underlines how important it is to bring our existing homes up to scratch. Added to this, there is a much wider range of benefits, to health, job creation and economic growth, which will follow from this investment. Given that only a few months ago, Theresa May scrapped the Department for Energy and Climate Change, leaving Westminster without strong advocates for energy efficiency investment, it is fair to say that Scotland is now leading the UK on this issue.”

Nelson concluded: “When seen alongside the firm commitment to invest in infrastructure and a desire to focus on house building, it is clear that the Finance Minister is under no illusions about the economic challenges the country faces. We hope that the announcements made today mark the start of a serious programme of investment, so that Scotland can build the world class homes and infrastructure it needs in these uncertain times.”

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