Rennie: End fuel poverty by 2025


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today laid out his party's vision for a warmer, more eco-friendly Scotland as he set out ambitious plans to tackle the climate emergency by insulating all low-income homes by 2025.

 

The Liberal Democrat manifesto will commit to raising the energy efficiency standards for new homes alongside investing £15 billion over the next Parliament to retrofit 26 million homes. This Liberal Democrat government will allocate a share of the £15bn investment for homes in Scotland and will work in partnership with the Scottish Government to develop the best way to deploy this money. This would save the average household £550 a year on energy bills with the benefit to Scottish households will be the ending of fuel poverty by 2025. Current Scottish Government plans will still leave up to 5% of households in fuel poverty by as late as 2040.
 
Willie Rennie said:
 
“The climate crisis is doing irreversible damage to our planet. The Liberal Democrats are committed to climate action now so we can protect our planet for future generations.

"The Liberal Democrats are the only party who have a clear, ambitious plan to cut harmful emissions by 2030 and get to net zero by 2045. We would raise efficiency standards of every home.
 
“Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a Prime Minister that will deliver a bold green plan to build a brighter future.”
 

Notes to Editors:

Please find a photo of Willie Rennie at Fife College here.

Liberal Democrats aim to upgrade every house in the UK by 2030 to Band B EPC rating, prioritising all fuel poor homes by 2025.
 
50% of UK homes are rated EPC Band D, upgrading those homes to Band B will save the average home £550 a year – people will save money if their EPC Band is lower (E, F, G). 

Liberal Democrats will use £3 billion capital spend a year on home insulation over the next parliament (£15 billion over 5 years) – this will be used to incentivise households to upgrade their homes and also to provide fully subsidised home upgrades to those in fuel poverty. This spending will also leverage an extra £4.3 billion from private sources.


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