(November 10, 2014)

Steve & Andy Your Housing 6

Walton MP Steve Rotheram has vowed to support a campaign aimed at ending the scandal of cold homes.

Labour’s pledge, to make at least five million homes more energy efficiency, follows last year’s commitment to freeze energy prices up to 2017 while reforming the energy market.

Steve said, “Energy bills for households in Walton have increased by a staggering £300 in the past four years. Investing in energy efficiency is the best way to keep bills down and to lift people out of fuel poverty.

“Our commitment, to help low income and fuel poor families, across  Liverpool will save households on average, an estimated £270.

"At Labour Party Conference last year we announced that the next Labour Government will freeze energy prices until 2017 and undertake the biggest reform of our energy market since privatisation. We believe these reforms will improve transparency, competition and, importantly, consumers’ trust in the energy market. In order to deliver long-term, permanent savings on energy bills, and to protect households and businesses from future price rises, it is vital that we improve the energy efficiency of our building stock too.

"Britain has among the least energy efficient housing stock anywhere in Europe. Poor energy efficiency is the single biggest reason why so many households are in fuel poverty. A household in the least energy efficient home is currently paying, on average, £965 a year more and is five times more likely to be in fuel poverty than a household with average levels of energy efficiency.

"It is clear that the policies of the current Government do not meet the scale of this challenge. Just 2,581 households have had measures installed under the Green Deal since its launch nearly two years ago, and the Energy Company Obligation has resulted in a significant fall in the installation of energy efficiency improvements and will leave nine out of ten fuel poor households in fuel poverty".

Improving energy efficiency is vital. A Labour Government would do this by:

  • Providing half a million personalised home energy reports a year, detailing how households could save money on their energy bills through insulation and energy efficiency.
  • Free energy efficient improvements for 200,000 households in or at risk of fuel poverty a year, with an ambition to upgrade all such homes and end the scandal of cold homes within 15 years, saving the average household over £270 a year.
  • Interest free-loans to cover the costs of energy-efficiency improvements for up to one million households during the next Parliament.
  • A new target to upgrade properties in the private rented sector to a minimum of an Energy Performance Certification (EPC) C rating by 2027.
  • Energy efficiency designated as a national infrastructure priority under Labour’s proposed National Infrastructure Commission.
  • Streamlined regulations and a long-term strategy to support investment in energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings.

Under a Labour Government, at least five million homes will be made more energy efficient over the next 10 years – cutting heat loss and bills for low income families. Labour will also provide half a million personalised home energy reports a year as well as offering up to one million interest-free loans to cover the costs of energy efficiency during the next Parliament.

Labour’s shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rt. Hon Caroline Flint MP said, “Millions of households are struggling with a cost-of-living crisis in Britain with many on low incomes or in fuel poverty struggling to heat their homes because of David Cameron’s failure to stand up to the energy companies.

“The best way to help households manage their energy bills is to invest in energy efficiency. That’s why the next Labour Government has committed to insulating at least five million homes over the next ten years, saving people on average around £270 of their bill.”  

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