Welsh government announces £9.5m social housing retrofit programme.
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Ministers accused of reneging on promises over energy efficiency. The Lib Dems had launched a Bill to guarantee that heat is not wasted in fuel-poor households through the use of insulation and green energy technology. Ministers have been accused of reneging on a promise to enshrine their own energy efficiency targets into law. i disclosed last month that the Liberal Democrats had launched a Bill to guarantee that heat is not wasted in fuel-poor households through the use of insulation and green energy technology. They said the energy minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, had changed his mind after originally giving his backing to their plans. Without government support, the Domestic Premises (Energy Performance Bill), which was introduced in the Lords by Lib Dem peer Lord Foster, has no chance of becoming law. It was jointly sponsored by the Tory MP Sir David Amess and supported by more than 100 energy companies and organisations who argued it would provide certainty for the sector. The Bill would require the Government to ensure all fuel-poor households are brought up to an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of C by 2030, unless the cost to the owner is excessive. All households would have to meet EPC C by 2035. The targets were first set out in 2017 by Theresa May’s government. In a letter to Lord Foster, Mr Kwarteng said the Government wanted “as many homes as possible, where practical, cost-effective and affordable” to achieve the 2035 target. But he made clear it would not support the Bill as it would “reduce flexibility in the way we approach carbon savings and could potentially mean that more cost-effective carbon savings receive less attention or support”.
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