Homes should be safe and warm for families and not damage the environment for future generations.
At this election, the choice is clear – this is our last chance to take action to protect future generations or allow the Tories to accelerate our planet’s destruction.
Today, Labour will announce “Warm Homes for All” – the largest scale upgrade of UK housing since post-war reconstruction. By 2030, Labour will create 450,000 jobs by installing energy saving measures such as loft insulation and double glazing, renewable and low carbon technologies in almost all of the UK’s 27 million homes.
Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution will be a central motor of the party’s plans to transform our country and economy, using public investment to create good, clean jobs, tackle the climate emergency and rebuild held back towns, cities and communities.
The UK’s housing stock is among the worst insulated in Europe. Electricity and heat use in buildings is the biggest source of emissions in the UK today – 56% of the total. It also costs households billions over the odds in heating bills and pushes 3.5 million households into fuel poverty.
By 2030, Labour’s plan will:
* Bring energy bills of 9.6 million low income households down by an average of £417 per year.
* Eradicate the vast majority of fuel poverty by the mid-2020s, benefiting the 1.14 million elderly people and one quarter of single parents currently living in fuel poverty.
* Cut carbon emissions by 10% – the equivalent of 72% of the emissions of all cars in the UK.
* Create an estimated 250,000 skilled jobs in the construction industry like insulation specialists, plasterers, carpenters, electricians, gas engineers, builders and window fitters – with the quality of work and rights at work guaranteed. The investment will generate another 200,000 jobs across the economy.
Labour will offer every household in the UK the chance to bring the future into their homes by upgrading the fabric of their homes with insulation and cutting edge heating systems; tackling climate change and extortionate bills together.
Upgrades to low income households will be grant funded. These households will pay no upfront costs and will see their bills fall immediately after the work is done. They will keep most of the savings on their bills, with the rest used to pay off part of the cost of the work.
Wealthier households will be offered interest free loans to improve their homes and lower their energy bills. Landlords will be regulated to ensure their properties are warm and energy efficient.