James visiting a new housing development
James visiting a new housing development

Tens of thousands of homes across Bury will benefit from major upgrades under Labour plans backed by James Frith, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bury North. The plans will constitute the largest upgrade of UK housing since post-WWII reconstruction.

The UK’s housing stock is among the worst insulated in Europe. Electricity and heat use in buildings is the biggest source of carbon 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.

Thousands of homes in Bury are in desperate need of this investment following nine years of austerity.

Labour will invest to upgrade almost all of the UK’s 27 million homes with energy saving measures such as loft insulation, double glazing and renewable and low carbon technologies by 2030, creating 450,000 new green construction jobs in the process.

According to National Energy Action, last year around 10,000 winter deaths were caused by ill health linked to cold homes. According to Age UK, most avoidable deaths were people aged 75 and over.

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.

James said:

“I know from my casework over the last two and a half years that austerity has resulted in a chronic lack of investment in improving our housing stock in Bury. I often visit constituents with damp walls and freezing homes due to poor insulation.

“I really welcome these ambitious proposals which will not only improve homes and bring energy bills down for people in Bury but also make a massive contribution to my ambition to make the UK a carbon neutral economy at the earliest opportunity.

“The Tory government is simply not taking the bold action necessary to tackle the climate crisis. These plans form part of a broader Green Industrial Revolution to decarbonise the UK economy, improve our transport network, clean our air and create hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

By 2030, Labour’s plans will:

  • Cut carbon emissions by 10% – the equivalent of 72% of the emissions of all the cars in the UK.
  • Prevent 1,500 deaths from cold and up to 560,000 cases of asthma due to reduced damp.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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