The government has been accused of worsening the heating bill crisis by ending a successful home insulation program, as fuel prices rise.
Liberal Democrats have said ministers need to launch an emergency insulation program ahead of a winter of mounting bills – as new figures show millions expected to be unable to heat their homes this winter.
The Green Homes Grant offered homes vouchers to go toward the cost of insulation, but this was scrapped in Rishi Sunak’s last budget and replaced with a new plan that allowed local officials to distribute the money in cash. Gave.
Party leader Ed Davey, who served as Secretary of Energy in the previous coalition government, told Granthshala That the new plan had failed because it left only 3,000 homes untouched – “no bigger than a large village” – since it was implemented in October.
Lib Dems has stated that converting the worst-insulated Band F homes to Band A homes would save homes an average of £557 in heating bills.
The party said the more common Band D properties would still save an average of £202 more with the upgrade.
But the government said the claims were “false and theoretical at best” and that it would upgrade 50,000 homes this year to the worst-hit buildings.
New research by housing charity Shelter has found that a quarter of renters can’t afford to keep their homes warm because of rising fuel prices.
The rise in the cost of heating bills due to rising gas prices will take a hit at the same time as the government cut universal debt, as well as the furlough scheme due to expire on September 30.
More than a third of private renters in England, the equivalent of two million homes, now receive housing benefits to help pay their rent – up from 25 per cent pre-pandemic.
YouGov polling commissioned by Shelter found that 26 percent of adult renters in England already say they can’t keep their homes warm in the winter – and were polled in April, long before the latest price hike.
Shelter’s chief executive Polly Neat said that “the triple whammy of the furlough scheme ending, universal debt cuts and reduced fuel prices could make many renters barely hanging out in their homes”.
She continued: “We are facing a perfect storm for homelessness, and the new housing secretary must handle the situation before winter arrives.”
The Liberal Democrat leader said an emergency insulation program should begin this winter.
“This Conservative government has hit household finances with an energy bill this winter,” Dewey said. “By reducing a grant that could save hundreds of pounds to cash-strapped households amid rising gas prices, the Conservatives have made the energy crisis worse for millions across the country.”
He continued: “People this winter may face the harsh reality that they may not be able to heat their homes. At the same time, bills are rising and food supplies may be short. We are facing a winter of discontent. are facing.
“The government must make amends for their unforgivable mistake of canceling the Green Homes Grant. I am calling for an emergency package of assistance for families that are not properly insulated. This time the plan needs to be long term, both to ensure that the suppliers return it and therefore also help in dealing with the climate emergency. “
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /