Heat is Turned Up for Scottish Boiler Scrappage Scheme

December 28, 2009

The Scottish Government is feeling the heat as pressure mounts to fund their own Boiler Scrappage Scheme, similar to the scheme announced by Chancellor Alistair Darling in his pre-Budget report for England and Wales.

The Scottish Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) believes the scheme would be both beneficial to their economy, while contributing to their own energy efficient measures. Together with the FSB, the Scottish Labour Party and ‘Green’ campaigners are calling for a Scottish Boiler Scrappage Scheme.

The Chancellor Darling announced up to £400 grants for c.125,000 households in England and Wales for scrapping and replacing their old and existing G-rated boilers for new energy efficient models.

A spokesman for the FSB was recently quoted; “The ‘greener boiler’ incentive is good news for the environment and the householder but it also has the scope to provide work for local businesses, whether as prime or subcontractors.”

A Scottish Government spokesman has confirmed they are in consultations regarding energy efficiency action plans including an incentive to replace old, inefficient boilers.

The Boiler Scrappage Team would be surprised if Scotland didn’t follow Westminster’s Pre-Budget lead, as there would be a ‘Green’ disconnect within the United Kingdom, which would probably be frowned upon by the rest of Europe.

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