ALMO pledges to end cold homes
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Housing
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A Manchester ALMO has pledged its support for a campaign to end cold homes.
Northwards Housing, which manages 13,500 on behalf of Manchester City Council, has signed up to the Energy Bill Revolution - a campaign that calls on the government to use the money it gets from carbon taxes to make homes more energy-efficient.
Campaigners say that funding could be freed up to help housing providers pay for new boilers and home insulation
Northwards chief executive Robin Lawler said: “On average, 25,000 people die of the cold every winter. It’s a national scandal.
“We’re already doing brilliant things at Northwards to try to make fuel poverty a thing of the past – the work going on at Kingsbridge Court, for example, will make a real difference to our tenants.
“But we need the support of government because they have the money to help us make it happen.”
The government taxes big companies for the damage their carbon emissions cause to people and the environment.
There are two main carbon taxes: the European Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Floor Price.
Mr Lawler added: “The shocking fact is that many people can’t afford to heat their homes. This can’t be allowed to continue. Recycling carbon revenue to make homes super-energy efficient could bring 9 out of 10 homes out of fuel poverty.”
Northwards’ pledge has been backed by Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell.
She said: “One of the major reasons that people are struggling to heat their homes this winter is that energy prices have gone up so significantly - by more than £300 since the 2010 General Election - and are set to rise again by an average of £70 this winter, despite the government's claims to have saved households money through cuts to 'green levies'.
“That is why I believe there needs to be a complete overhaul of our energy market so that it delivers fair prices and works in the public interest.”