Objective 4 - Value for Money
In order to achieve this objective, Warmer Homes Scotland is expected to leverage funding from sources other than the core Scottish Government budget in order to increase the number of households that could benefit from the scheme.
A key source of this additional leveraged funding is the Energy Companies Obligation and as part of Warmworks' delivery model, they manage this centrally on behalf of their supply chain.
In addition, Warmworks has sought to work more closely with Local Authorities in the Islands region to ensure that Warmer Homes Scotland compliments HEEPS Area Based Scheme activities in these areas. Over the period of the review, these partnerships were being negotiated but no outcomes had been reported. Similarly, Warmworks had begun to develop other national partnerships in 2015/16 including with energy suppliers to access enabling funds, providers of free or low cost gas connections, and suppliers of fuel tanks in off gas areas. As formal reporting structures were not yet in place to record the monetary value of these partnerships, they should be considered in the 2016/17 review of WHS.
Recommendation 10 - The national and local partnerships developed by Warmworks and their associated value to the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme should be considered a key part of the 2016/17 review of the scheme.