Kingdom to test loan idea

Fife has been selected for a Scottish Government pilot scheme to cut energy bills

A pilot scheme offering interest free loans for solid wall insulation will take place in first Orkney and then Fife later this year.

Two areas of Fife will host the pilot, but as yet there has been no decision on which two areas of the Kingdom will be eligible to apply.

Homeowners in Orkney will be able to access loans to be paid back over a maximum of 10 years.

Later this year, the pilot will also target lower income homeowners in or close to fuel poverty by offering the loans in two areas of Fife.