Equity loan scheme - call for evidence: consultation

The equity loan pilot has delivered energy efficient and zero emission heating solutions to eligible homeowners since its inception in 2017. We now wish to consider the potential to develop the pilot as part of the suite of support schemes for the decarbonisation of Scottish homes.

Annex B – Responding to this Call for Evidence

We are inviting responses to this consultation by 8 October 2021

Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government's consultation platform, Citizen Space. You can view and respond to the consultation at: https://consult.gov.scot/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/home-energyefficiency- equity-loan-pilot

You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open.

Please ensure that the consultation responses are submitted before the

closing date of 8 October 2021

If you are unable to respond online, please complete the Respondent

Information Form (see 'Handling your Response' below) and return to:

Scottish Government
3F South
Victoria Quay

It would be most helpful to have your response submitted by using the electronic response form.

The electronic response form can be accessed at the following website address: https://consult.gov.scot/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/homeenergy- efficiency-equity-loan-pilot

You can also email your response to heatinhomesequityloan@gov.scot

Handling your response

If you respond using Citizen Space (https://consult.scotland.gov.uk), you will be directed to the Respondent Information Form. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be published.

If you are unable to respond via Citizen Space, please complete and return the Respondent Information Form included in this document. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any requests under the Act or information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

To find out how we handle your personal data, please see our privacy policy: https://beta.gov.scot/privacy/

Next Steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk

If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please email them to heatinhomesequityloan@gov.scot OR send them to:

Scottish Government
3F South Victoria Quay

Scottish Government consultation process

Consultation is an essential part of the policy-making process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work.

You can find all our consultations online: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk Each consultation details the issues under consideration, as well as a way for you to give us your views, either online, by email or by post.

Responses will be analysed and used as part of the decision-making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. We will publish a report of this analysis for every consultation. Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise the responses received may:

  • indicate the need for policy development or review;
  • inform the development of a particular policy;
  • help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals; and
  • be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented.

While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.

Next steps

The Scottish Government will review responses to the call for evidence and the issues raised during engagement with stakeholders to inform the potential establishment of a nationwide roll-out of an Equity Loan Scheme, information on which will be published in due course.


Email: heatinhomesequityloan@gov.scot

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