7290 Reading households can’t afford heating costs

25 February 2020

In Reading 7290 households are living in fuel poverty, having to choose between heating and eating. Green councillors are proposing a budget amendment to invest in insulating homes to tackle fuel poverty. This will cut bills and carbon emissions.

Greens want to make use of existing government funding which the council isn’t using now by setting up a Local Authority Flex scheme to install loft and cavity wall insulation.

The also want to use £1 million of this year’s projected budget underspend to set up a grants pot to top up energy efficiency measures, prioritising those in fuel poverty.

Green councillor Rob White said: “In some part of Reading up to 30% of people are living in fuel poverty and can’t afford to heat the homes. The council needs to put ins money where its mouth is and fund a decent insulation scheme. This will cut energy bills, cut fuel poverty and cut our carbon emissions. We have 10 years left to tackle climate change. We need to start strong.”

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PDATE: Disappointingly Labour and Conservative councillors voted down the Green budget amendment but committed to looking into this further later in the year.

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