Labour vows to cut 4million homes’ heating bills by £270 a year with massive state-funded insulation scheme. The party will commit up to £10,000 per home in a massive state-funded insulation scheme that is set to cost £2.3billion a year. Landlords would also be banned from letting homes with an energy efficiency rating worse than ‘C’ from 2035. Under the scheme, Labour will vow to fully fund insulation costs for social homes and low-income homeowners to bring them up to the ‘C’ rating. Anyone whose income, after paying housing and energy costs, falls below 60% of the national average could qualify. Taxpayers’ average incomes were just over £23,000 a year in 2015/16. But Labour sources stressed the threshold would vary depending on housing costs. Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said: “This is part of our plan to fix our broken energy system by capping energy bills and radically reform our broken energy market. By creating publicly owned, locally accountable energy companies and cooperatives to rival existing private energy suppliers this will make a real difference to people’s lives”. Labour said the scheme would be rolled out street-by-street to make it more efficient. Subsidies would be handed directly to councils or those carrying out the insulation work. Private landlords with low-income tenants could also get a 33% subsidy, while other households could get interest-free loans. The scheme would be funded from the party’s £250billion, 10-year National Transformation Fund. Labour claims 4million homes would be brought up to a ‘C’ rating within five years and most of the cash – £11.5bn – would be spent in that period. Greenpeace backed the scheme. Head of Energy Hannah Martin said: “Energy efficiency, and in particular insulation, is the secret super-weapon in the climate war which no-one has bothered to launch. It saves you money as well as carbon. It’s not just win-win, it’s win-win-win with a couple of extra wins on the side.”
Mirror 1st May 2018 read more »
Congratulations to James Brokenshire, upon his appointment as the new Housing, Communities and Local Government secretary. There will be many “pending” issues sitting on his desk. Some will have been awaiting decision for a few days, others for some weeks, a few even for a month or two. But I am willing to bet that there is only one matter that has been hanging around for almost 40 months. It is a public consultation without any conclusion. It was back in February 2015, when Mr. Brokenshire’s predecessor-but-three, the former Communities Secretary Sir Eric Pickles, announced he intended to abolish all Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for public sector buildings in England. Subsequently no formal announcement has yet been made as to how Sir Eric’s threat will be implemented. But its’ Sword of Damocles still remains. Those consulting the official government website on the consultation will see that even now, the government’s official position is that “we are analysing your feedback”.
Business Green 1st May 2018 read more »