Gail Ross, the SNP’s member of the Scottish Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross has today, Monday 20th February, welcomed funding for organisations in her constituency which will help vulnerable households save money and energy.
Ms Ross commented on the announcement that the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, Lairg District Learning Centre and Pentland Housing association will stand to receive hundreds of thousands of pounds from the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Challenge Fund and The European Regional Development Fund.
The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust will receive £89,702 which will go towards the running of the East Sutherland Energy Advice Service, whilst the Pentland Housing Association has been awarded £42, 978 for their Draught busting project which will focus on providing energy efficiency advice to the most vulnerable households throughout the Caithness community. Lairg and District Learning Centre gains £112,887 to start up the “Energy Savers Train to Grain” project.
There are also Highland wide projects which will gain funding as a result of this announcement. New Start Highland will use the money to develop upcycling opportunities; Highlands & Islands and Moray Chinese Association will run the “Seed to Wok” project to help develop skills for a sustainable community.
Speaking today Ms Ross said;
“These are fantastic schemes which will not only help folks save money and improve their living standards but also help tackle carbon emission and climate change. Funding like this is a lifeline for many families across the highlands at a time when their pockets are being hit by the austerity agenda.
“The climate change challenge fund has a proven track record in helping deliver schemes that have a made a real and positive difference throughout Scotland. I am sure that this latest announcement will lead to the same outcome.
“I wish these worthwhile organisations all the very best and hope that many of our communities will benefit from the projects which are to be delivered thanks to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.”