Campaigners have called for an increase in funding for energy-efficiency measures in Scotland’s homes as a poll shows strong support for the move. WWF Scotland urged ministers to boost investment in improving cold and damp housing in order to slash fuel poverty and help meet climate change targets. A OnePoll survey of 1,000 Scots commissioned by the environmental charity found 69% agreed the Scottish Government should increase spending on improving home energy efficiency, with a further 87% backing an end to cold homes in Scotland by 2025. WWF Scotland has united with health, housing and anti-poverty organisations to back funding for energy efficiency being increased to £190 million, with a total of £4.5 billion of public funds being spent between now and 2025 through subsidised loans, grants for the fuel-poor and other schemes. The group highlights that while the Government’s draft budget for 2017-18 proposes a year-on-year increase in spending on fuel poverty and home energy efficiency to £114 million, it falls short of the £119 million spent in 2015-16.
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