AYR, Carrick and Cumnock MP Allan Dorans welcomed a new home heating support fund which will help Scots struggling with their energy bills amid a growing cost-of-living crisis.

The £3million Scottish Government scheme, which is administered by national advice service Advice Direct Scotland, is designed to prevent households falling into fuel poverty and help those ‘rationing’ their energy use.

The Home Heating Support Fund is open until March 31 and applications can only be made on behalf of individuals by referral partners through homeheatingadvice.scot.

The MP is in support of the fund as it will help to ease the strain for a number of families.

Mr Dorans said: “As energy prices rise across the country, many Scots will be facing financial hardship.

“That’s why this fund is especially vital to ensure that those who are struggling receive the help they need and don’t have to choose between heating and eating.

“I am encouraging any local residents struggling with their energy bills to seek support from the fund through the energy and/or debt organisation currently providing them with advice. Their expert debt advisers will assess eligibility and apply for funding on the individual’s behalf.”