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Unions demand Labour ends UK fuel poverty

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Environment and also in Housing

Unions demand Labour ends UK fuel poverty Unions demand Labour ends UK fuel poverty

Eight of the UK's largest trade unions have called on the Labour Party to develop a domestic energy efficiency programme that cuts bills, creates jobs and is good for the environment.

In a letter to Labour leader Ed Miliband, the unions have set out a number of key elements they believe should be included in the party's policy on energy efficiency.

The submission is based on evidence from UNISON's 'Warm Homes' report, which suggests that such an approach would tackle fuel poverty by saving consumers between £300 and £600 each year, while preserving local gas supplies.

UNISON, Prospect, UCU, GMB, UNITE, FBU, PCS and Community's measures include:

• A strategy to bring all UK homes up to Energy Performance Certificate 'B' and 'C'.
• Grants for energy efficient measures, capped at £10,000, to bring all six million low incomes homes to Band C by 2025, and at least two million homes to Band C by 2020.
• A zero interest rate for energy efficiency loans for those able to pay.
• A street by street delivery programme, with local authorities taking a leading role.

The unions say that the UK is quickly reaching crisis point with dwindling gas supplies, and within the next five years will need to import up to 70% of its gas from other countries.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: "The government's Green Deal has failed miserably. It is a national tragedy that five million homes are languishing in fuel poverty because of poorly insulated homes, and it is these households that are the least well prepared to absorb future increases in energy prices.

"What we desperately need is a strategy that will address the UK's energy crisis by eliminating the need for large scale fracking and bring millions of people in from the cold."

The unions believe a suitable scheme would make "significant inroads" into helping the UK meet its legally binding carbon emission target, and would also create more than 100,000 skilled jobs, offer significant opportunities for apprenticeships.

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