The Generation Rent campaign has criticised the current government for failing to increase energy efficiency standards in the private rental sector.
A statement from the group notes what it calls “the lack of update from the government [in its latest energy strategy announcements] about proposals to increase minimum energy efficiency standards in the private rented sector.”
It goes on to say: “Private renters are more likely to be in fuel poverty than social tenants and owner occupiers but government plans to insulate their homes have been gathering dust for more than two years now.
“The strategy was a missed opportunity to give landlords a timeline to bring homes up to standard, but everyone is still in the dark, and renters face more winters in damp, draughty homes.
“The government should use this time to decide how to speed up the retrofit of private rented homes once new rules are in place. For example, grants are available for low income households but renters can’t be expected to apply for them if their landlord can simply raise the rent or evict them to cash in on the upgraded property.”
The government’s energy strategy, announced at the end of last week, includes these measures:
- Carbon Capture Usage and Storage – The first projects will be announced to progress to the next stage of the negotiations to rollout the first Carbon Capture clusters. The round for areas to apply for two additional future clusters has also been launched and there will be an opportunity for further projects to be added to the first two clusters.
- Kickstarting investment into the UK’s floating offshore wind industry by launching a £160m fund to support port infrastructure projects.
- Backing the first tranche of new green hydrogen production projects under the £240m Net Zero Hydrogen Fund.
- Opening the fifth round of the UK’s scheme to incentivise investment in renewable electricity, backed by a budget of £205m.
- Announcing Great British Nuclear, with its first job to launch a new competition to select the best Small Modular Reactor technologies for development by autumn.
- Speeding up the planning process by, in the government’s words, “reforming the planning process to enable the building of more energy infrastructure including solar power and offshore wind projects more quickly.”
- Investing more than £380m into boosting EV charging points and infrastructure .
- Reducing reliance on fossil fuels to heat our buildings – a new £30m Heat Pump Investment Accelerator is designed to leverage £270m private investment to boost manufacturing and supply of heat pumps in the UK.
Generation Rent this week announced that Ben Twomey would take over as director in mid-June.
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