Ahead of Wednesday’s budget Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Climate Emergency, has written to the Chancellor imploring him not to scrap the Green Homes Grant scheme.
According to reports the Government is to withdraw funding for the scheme that aims to support people in retrofitting their homes to cut bills and reduce emissions.
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Climate Emergency Wera Hobhouse MP said: “In the year the UK is hosting COP26 – the most important climate negotiations since the Paris Agreement, the Conservatives must not undermine our legitimacy on ambitious climate policy. For the sake of those in fuel poverty and the UK’s efforts to stop the climate crisis, the Green Homes Grant must not be scrapped.
“Retrofitting homes is vital in the fight to tackle the climate emergency and is one of the easiest steps the country can take now to cut emissions. If this programme is ended prematurely it will be a missed opportunity and lead to more delays – delays the planet cannot afford.
“Not only that, but thousands of small businesses can benefit from this programme. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and can create the jobs we need for our green recovery. By continuing the scheme thousands of new jobs will be created and provide opportunities for reskilling for those who have lost their jobs in the last year.”