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Labour backtracks on insulation as part of green investment climbdown – Friends of the Earth reaction

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Responding to the news that the Labour Party has weakened its commitment to invest £6bn per year on a programme to insulate UK homes, as part of a wider rollback on its £28bn green spending pledge, Mike Childs, head of policy at Friends of the Earth, said:

“By seriously watering down its warm homes plan, the Labour Party has turned its back on the people who most urgently need these essential upgrades – the many millions of low-income households suffering from living in poorly insulated homes.

“The party’s claims that it is doubling the current government’s spending commitment are misleading because not all the money is to be spent on insulation. Their new pledge pales in comparison to the investment required to tackle the worst homes and lift millions out of hardship.

“Just like broader essential green investment, a national programme of insulation would bring with it countless benefits – not just for our climate but also for jobs, our wallets and our economy. The Labour Party must show how it intends to meet our legally binding climate targets and international climate commitments with such limited investment, because right now it looks like they have torpedoed the chance of meeting these goals.”


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