James and the Shadow Housing Team
James and the Shadow Housing Team

James Frith, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bury North, says all new homes built in Bury by 2023 will be zero carbon within three years under Labour plans.

James serves as a member of Labour’s shadow housing team which has drawn up the proposals, which could save people living in new builds £200 a year in energy bills.

John Healey, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, says Labour will introduce a tough new “zero carbon standard”, which will mean that the day-to-day running of the home won’t add additional carbon to the atmosphere. This is achieved through better energy efficiency standards and low carbon and renewable energy sources and could mean all new homes are fitted with solar panels, super-efficient insulation and triple-glazed windows, and are not fitted with fossil fuel heating systems such as gas boilers as standard.

An original zero carbon homes standard, set out by the last Labour government, was due to come into force in 2016 but was scrapped by the Conservatives in 2015. This means around 300,000 families are living in lower-spec new homes that would have been greener and cheaper to run, which could have cost some up to £600.

The government’s own climate watchdog, the Committee on Climate Change, has said that government policy on housing standards is failing. It said: “current policies are not driving the required changes” and that “policies to support low-carbon measures have been weakened or withdrawn”.

Speaking about the plans, James said:

“I want new homes in Bury to reflect local need, not national political targets, to be built on brownfield land and to be safe and warm and not damaging to the environment.

“The Conservatives’ decision to cave in to property developers and slash green standards means we are building homes today that aren’t fit for the future – they’re bad for the environment and expensive to run.

“If I am re-elected, I’ll fight for common-sense rules which save households money and cut emissions, not the outsourcing of housing policy to commercial house builders that we’ve seen under the Conservatives.”

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