Closed petition Fund and require the insulation of all social housing by 2025

To immediately commit to enact within four months a legally binding national plan to fully fund and require social housing providers to insulate all social housing in England, for a just transition towards full decarbonisation of all parts of society and the economy.

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The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) made clear that reductions in carbon emissions from housing have "stalled" and that "we cannot meet our climate objectives without a major improvement in UK housing" (2019).

Poor quality housing is bad for people's health and wellbeing. An estimated spend of £10 billion to improve the 'poor' housing in England could save the NHS £1.4 billion p.a. and has been estimated to pay for itself in just over seven years and then accrue further benefits (CCC 2019)

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Decarbonisation policies must be more ambitious to meet 2050 net zero targets, say MPs

MPs on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee have published a report on decarbonising heat in homes.

Read the report in full: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5802/cmselect/cmbeis/1038/report.html

In the report, the Committee said that historic heating policy had lacked clear and strategic direction, and that the Government must publish a heat technology road map by September 2022. The inquiry highlighted the scale, complexity and cost of decarbonising residential heat, but also the necessity of making urgent changes to the housing stock in the UK, which is one of the oldest and worst insulated in Europe.

The Committee also called on the Government to:

- Phase out the installation of fossil fuel heating systems by the mid-2030s at the latest.
- Target public funds for boiler upgrades on lower income households.
- Incentivise banks to offer low-cost loans for the switch to low carbon heating.
- Establish a low carbon apprenticeship scheme to introduce young people into the sector and focus on upskilling engineers to safeguard jobs.
- Establish a national consumer awareness campaign about the decarbonisation of heat.

What happens next?

The Government now must respond to the Committee's report, which was published on 3 February 2022, within two months. The Committee will publish the Government’s response here once it has been received: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/645/decarbonising-heat-in-homes/publications/

What is the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee?

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee scrutinises the policy, spending and administration of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and its public bodies, including Ofgem, the Financial Reporting Council and the Climate Change Committee.

Find out more about the Committee: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/365/business-energy-and-industrial-strategy-committee/

Follow the Committee on Twitter for updates on its work: https://twitter.com/beisgovuk