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Tax rebate plea for 'green' homes
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MSP Sarah Boyack says incentives should be offered to save energy
Householders should be given council tax rebates if they install energy-saving wall insulation, according to Scottish Gas.

However, a law in Scotland against council tax rebates is preventing the company from implementing its latest energy effeciency scheme.

The law has already been changed in England and Wales and home owners can benefit from rebates of up to 100.

Labour MSP Sarah Boyack is now pressing for a change in the law in Scotland.

She said people needed to be given incentives to save energy and combat climate change.

Insulation standards

Already 21 councils across England and Wales are offering one-off council tax rebates to any householder who spends more than 250 on cavity wall insulation.

It is estimated it would result in an annual savings on energy bills of around 145.

British Gas pays for 50 of the rebate and councils can top the amount up to 100.

The Scottish Building Standards Agency said it aimed to build on Scotland's four-year record of the highest thermal insulation standards in Britain.

Chief executive Paul Stollard said momentum had to be developed quickly.

"Safe, warm, dry homes are fundamental to our wellbeing, and our buildings make a big difference to how communities look, feel and function," he added.

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