CIEH Cautiously Welcomes Labour Warm Homes Commitment

06 November 2019, Ross Matthewman

CIEH has cautiously welcomed the “Warm Homes for All” commitment from the Labour Party, but are anxious to see more information regarding the funding attached.

The Labour Party’s announcement stated a commitment to the “largest scale” upgrade of UK housing since post-war reconstruction, pledging to create 450,000 jobs by installing energy saving measure such as loft insulation and double glazing, renewable, and low carbon technologies, in almost all of the UK’s 27 million homes by 2030.

Working as part of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition, CIEH has long campaigned to improve housing standards and for warmer homes.

Tamara Sandoul, Policy Manager at CIEH, said:

“We are pleased to see a political party giving housing standards the focus it deserves, and also welcome the tangible targets and figures included in the commitment.

However, this commitment amounts to a significant upgrade in infrastructure across the country, and there is now a real need to learn more about the proposed funding for making this a reality.

Creating efficient and warm homes should be a major infrastructure priority. Working with the End Fuel Poverty Coalition, we have been calling on all political parties to commit genuine resources to improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock in order to reduce fuel poverty and NHS costs as well as tackling climate change.

We hope to see all political parties make tangible commitments in this vital area in their manifestos.”

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