Charity welcomes UK Government commitment to bring forward major investment in energy efficiency
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Today’s Queen’s speech confirms the Conservative Manifesto commitment to invest £9.2bn improving energy efficiency within homes, schools and hospitals to help reduce energy bills. As well as a significant investment improving social housing, the new Conservative Government have stated they will invest £2.5bn over 5 years providing Home Upgrade Grants for fuel poor homes. Charity National Energy Action (NEA) has welcomed the announcement following its long-standing campaign for the upcoming updated Fuel Poverty Strategy for England to be adequately resourced to end the blight of cold homes.
Adam Scorer, Chief Executive of NEA comments:
“This is an important step in turning warm words in manifestos, into warm homes for people living in fuel poverty.”
“Improving energy efficiency delivers on public health, housing, climate change and air quality obligations. There is a lot to do on targeting those in most need and delivering the money effectively, but the investment will be crucial and can’t come soon enough.”
England remains the only UK nation that currently provides no central government investment to improve domestic energy efficiency. Well over 2 million fuel poor homes in England have no or inadequate levels of loft insulation, over half a million have uninsulated cavity walls and 1 million have solid walls with no insulation and are the most expensive to heat.
“Getting anywhere close to our fuel poverty targets has always required central funding from Government. People have endured in cold, damp and unhealthy homes for too long. This is beyond urgent.
NEA is also urging the UK Government to make an early decision to extend and expand the Warm Home Discount scheme which they say is also crucial for assisting fuel poor households and the organisations that support them.
Notes to editors
- 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/.
- For more information about what NEA believes the UK Government’s priorities should be read our Manifesto for Warmth.
- The December 2019 Queen’s Speech Briefing document, outlines the intention to invest £9.2bn in the energy efficiency of homes, schools and hospitals (page 116).
- The Conservative Party manifesto 2019 pledged £9.2bn to be split between energy efficiency improvements for social homes, a home improvement grant scheme and a public building decarbonisation fund (Table 6 in the manifesto costings document).