Exha response to Scottish Government consultation on the use of EU structural funds 2014-2020.
Given the Scottish and EU Governments’ various targets and legislative commitments on fuel poverty, carbon reduction, energy efficiency/demand reduction and climate change it seems entirely irrational not to utilise this funding stream to help deliver on these. We fundamentally believe there is a real need for the Scottish Government to embrace the principal that EU Structural funds should be used to support the Scottish Government’s efforts on retrofitting homes.
In terms of sustainable development, tackling social exclusion and creating jobs this activity has been shown to be highly effective. With the coming reduction in ECO, the Scottish Government Spending Review and Budget estimates of resources available for climate change and fuel poverty targets will not be delivered without alternative funding streams.
We point to the SFHA response for more detailed argument and evidence and fully support the position regarding making this fund available for retrofitting of homes.