Labour has called for what it describes as a Green New Deal to replace the axed government scheme which had been planned to benefit landlords and owner occupiers.
The government announced in March that the £1.5 billion Green Homes Grant programme - which was for landlords and owner occupiers - would end with almost no notice.
After launching last September, by the end of February there were over 123,000 applications for the grants but just 28,000 vouchers had been issued and only 5,800 energy-efficient installations made - the scheme was then axed almost overnight because of delivery reasons, with too few skilled fitters.
Now Labour has made a broad brush call for a replacement, although with few details to back up the demand.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says: “The UK must rise to this moment and lead by example. That means rapid action to create good, green jobs across the country. And it means a proper strategy to buy, make and sell more in Britain, to create good, unionised jobs in clean energy and through supply chains.
“We’ve had a decade of broken promises on green jobs and climate action under the Conservatives … Nobody here in the UK can afford for this issue to be yet another example of Boris Johnson bluster. We need real action, now. It is time for a Green New Deal.”
A party campaign called Green New Deal calls for retrofitting improved insulation and heat source pumps in existing homes, including rental properties.
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