People living on benefits in a remote area of Scotland are being told of a new energy company-backed scheme under which they could get new, energy-efficient domestic appliances.
Scottish Hydro has set up a priority assistance fund to help customers who get certain benefits to replace obsolete appliances such as washing machines, cookers, fridges or fridge-freezers.
Available for the next two-and-a-half weeks only, the funds will help householders get a new appliance, and Scottish Hydro is also offering a five-year warranty with all those it supplies.
The scheme is only being offered to existing Scottish Hydro customers, and the appliance they wish to replaced must be either inoperative or at least 10 years old.
Applications will also be welcome from anyone receiving benefits who does not have any one of the eligible appliances.
The Buteman newspaper reported that its local advice centre in the main town on the Scottish island will be processing all applications, which must be received by Friday February 14.