How to work with your LA on HEEPS: ABS energy efficiency schemes

HEEPS:ABS or Home Energy Efficiency Programmes Scotland: Area Based Schemes is a grant scheme from the Scottish Government that is delivered locally by local authorities. Each local authority submits a bid to the Scottish Government for a share of the £60m HEEPS ABS funding pot.

The local authorities must demonstrate within their bids how they meet the following key objectives:

* To reduce fuel poverty;

* To reduce carbon emissions;

* To lever Energy Company Obligation funding; and

* To support the local economy and sustainable local economic development

Programmes for 2013/14 are underway and the Scottish Government will soon be writing out to local authorities to ask for proposals for 2014/15. Proposals range in size from small street based pilot projects for external wall insulation to large area wide programmes accessible to anyone in the A and B council tax bands. Each local authority has a different programme and different priorities. These are drawn from council strategies, housing association strategies and local knowledge about particular areas where the majority of people are likely to be in fuel poverty.

Local authorities will be considering options for the next years proposals over the next month, and it is expected that they will be submitting these to the Scottish Government in January. This is your opportunity to influence these proposals by making a case for a project in your area. Local authorities value community group support in helping to promote and provide trusted advice about their project on the ground and it will be extremely valuable for them to work with you in developing new schemes.

Contact us for a spreadsheet containing the names of the local authority officers working on HEEPS:ABS schemes and the names of Home Energy Scotland officers who are able to support community groups. To find out more about HEEPS:ABS schemes and how to get involved you would be encouraged to get in touch with either your local HES contact or the local authority contact in your area.