Charity welcomes major investment in home energy efficiency

For immediate release
Contact: Mike Potter,  Communications and Campaigns Officer
michael.potter@nea.org.uk

Today the Chancellor confirmed the UK Government will invest £2 billion to improve home energy efficiency through a new voucher scheme – the Green Homes Grant. National Energy Action (NEA) welcomes the announcement following a long-standing campaign for adequate resources to end the blight of cold, unhealthy and expensive to run homes.

 Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of NEA comments:

“Improving energy efficiency delivers on jobs, puts money in people’s pockets, improves public health and helps meet fuel poverty, climate change and air quality obligations. This stimulus package could be a fantastic first step toward a greener, healthier and fairer future.”

The Treasury say the new scheme will launch in September meaning improvements could be made in worst homes before winter. Business Secretary Alok Sharma has also said about half of the fund – which is due to be spent in one financial year – will go to the poorest households who could receive up to £10,000 towards energy efficiency improvements and will not have to contribute anything to the cost. Following speculation the scheme could exclude the private rented sector; the Chancellor confirmed that privately rented homes will be able to access funding.

Scorer concludes:

“There is a lot to do before now and September to make sure these new resources are well targeted and deliver lasting benefits to those most in most need. The Government needs to move quickly, but not to rush. The scheme must be accessible to the poorest households. The quality of work must be assured. The scheme needs to lay the foundations for much greater investment over the next decade but this initial investment is crucial and can’t come soon enough.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

  1. NEA works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that everyone in the UK can afford to live in a warm, dry home. For more information visit https://www.nea.org.uk/.
  2. The Chancellor’s statement can be viewed here and further details with the supporting documents here.
  3. The Conservative Manifesto committed to investing £9.2 billion: £3.8 billion over 10 years for Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, £2.5 billion over 5 years to 2025 for Home Upgrade Grants for support deep renovation for low income households living in highly inefficient homes and £2.9 billion over 5 years to 2025. The announcement today is £2bn from September until the end of the financial year.
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