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Scottish parliament considers heating scheme for the disabled and ill

2011-02-03 15:46:00

A new scheme has been proposed to the Scottish parliament this week that could see severely disabled and terminally ill people receiving help to maintain or replace their heating systems.

They may also receive help to draught-proof their homes and make them more energy efficient in order to keep energy costs down.

Some 48,000 people in Scotland could benefit from the government’s Home Energy Scotland service, which is passing through parliament this week. If approved, the recipients of the help could receive funding to repair a broken oil boiler or upgrade their heating system.

Alex Neil, the country’s housing minister, said, "We know many vulnerable people will have a lack of income but will need to heat their homes at a higher temperature and for longer periods throughout the day."

Signing up to a boiler maintenance scheme, such as the one offered through Team Energy, is a great way for anyone to help prevent their boiler breaking down.

Oil boilers shouldbe regularly maintained, especially in the autumn months before the colder weather sets in each year. A maintenance scheme also gives vulnerable home owners the peace of mind of knowing they can simply call out their engineer at any time.