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1 July 2020

Stevenson Welcomes Return of Warmer Homes Scheme

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the announcement from the Housing Minister Kevin Stewart that the national energy efficiency scheme for homes will re-start today.

In a statement, Mr Stewart announced that Warmer Homes Scotland, the national scheme to help reduce people’s fuel bills by making their homes more energy-efficient, will re-start on 1 July. As a result, over 300 staff employed on the programme have been brought out of furlough to start installing energy efficiency measures in people’s homes.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“Our national scheme to help make more homes become energy efficient will re-start on July 1, which should help to reduce fuel bills and provide vital support to those who have been struggling even more as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.

“Warmer Homes Scotland makes a huge difference to the lives of thousands of fuel poor households every year and I know this will also be welcome news to the hundreds of workers employed to deliver the service.

“We want a Scotland where everyone lives in a warm home and where we have put an end to fuel poverty. By 2021 the Scottish Government will have allocated over £1 billion to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency, making people’s homes warmer and cheaper to heat.

“I would ask people to please be patient while work resumes. Warmworks will contact people as soon as possible to confirm when their service will be restarted.”

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said:

“I am pleased that this scheme is to re-start. It is a vital part of the action being taken by the Scottish Government to tackle fuel poverty and also helps the environment.

“Many people across the country have been assisted by this scheme and I look forward to seeing more and more people benefitting now that work can safely recommence.”

24 June 2020

Holyrood Backs £11.4 Million for Aberdeenshire to Tackle COVID-19

Local SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed a Holyrood vote approving £11.4 million extra funding for Aberdeenshire Council in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Almost £258 million extra funding has been approved for vital local services across Scotland, such as food provision for those in need, education and social care.

The Scottish Government is in discussions with local authorities over providing a further £72 million – which will bring the total additional funding to almost £330 million.

This extra funding is on top of the local government finance settlement of £11.4 billion, which already provided an increase of £589.4 million (5.8%) compared to the previous year.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said:

“The pandemic has put real pressure on families and local services, and it’s right that the Scottish Government has ensured Aberdeenshire Council has more cash to deal with this.

“This funding boost is supporting access to food, welfare payments and frontline services.

“I also welcome the additional flexibility given to councils in how money is spent, allowing resources to be diverted to the COVID-19 response if required.”

Local MSP Urges Farmers to Complete Agriculture Census

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson is urging farmers to complete the 2020 Agricultural Census before the extended deadline of Friday 31 July.

Farmers can access and complete the form online or request to be contacted by a member of the census team by telephone. Over the coming weeks, some farmers may also be contacted directly to discuss providing data.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“This year the survey is voluntary to help ease pressures on farmers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“However, the importance of having access to first-hand information from farmers about their business and the agriculture sector in general is vital to help shape government policy and I would encourage all farmers to take part.”

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:

“It is now more important than ever that we have an accurate picture of developments in the agricultural sector so that we can assess the impact of coronavirus and develop the right policies to support our farming communities.

“The Agricultural Census data underpins research work in the agricultural sector and is widely used by industry bodies as evidence of how the industry is performing.

“This year the census is voluntary but I urge every farmer in Scotland to take the time to complete the survey either online or on the telephone.”

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