Clive Lewis and I are announcing today that the next Labour government will roll out a Homes Fit For Heroes programme that will insulate the homes of our disabled veterans for free.
More people die from cold each winter here in the UK than in Finland! We have 4 million households in fuel poverty and yet heat is escaping through draughty walls and windows.
We will train a skilled workforce to retrofit insulation in Britain’s older housing stock to help vulnerable people keep warm and safe and free from fuel poverty.
Labour will give disabled armed services veterans free home insulation and install energy efficiency measures to ensure that none of them have to endure the blight of a cold home. Our armed services heroes deserve better.
Around 18,000 disabled veterans will be eligible, and the scheme will provide appropriate insulation or efficiency measures, from cavity or solid wall insulation, to loft insulation or a boiler upgrade.
Over 4 million households in Britain live in fuel poverty, and across the country there were 43,900 excess winter deaths last year. The charity National Energy Action, who works to end fuel poverty, estimate that a third of those deaths were due to cold homes.
Labour will spend up to £90m on energy efficiency measures. Contracts will be awarded across regional areas to deliver the efficiency measures, and suppliers will be obligated to create apprenticeship and training schemes as part of their delivery, so we can build the workforce needed to end fuel poverty and cold homes.