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Government must double energy-efficient budget, says Citizens Advice Scotland

CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND says the Scottish government’s contribution towards making homes more energy-efficient should be at least £256 million per year — more than double its current £119 m-a-year budget.

It would be a vital step towards meeting the government’s climate-change targets of net-zero emissions by 2045, the charity says.

The Scottish government’s target is to raise the energy performance of all homes to at least a C rating — and a B rating for all social housing — by 2040.

Homes in Scotland are rated on a scale from A to G. Only half of properties meet the C standard now.

New research estimates that the combined total investment required is likely to be at least £11 billion over the next 20 years.

The government said a new legally binding standard for home energy efficiency from 2024 onward is being proposed to help tackle climate change and eradicate fuel poverty.

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