07 July 2020
In response to the announcement of the Chancellor's green investment package, Rob Wall, Head of Policy at the National Housing Federation, said:
"We are pleased to see Rishi Sunak recognising the need to make social housing greener and more energy efficient. We have been asking government for investment in a retrofitting programme, to match the investment already being made by housing associations, and are glad to see they have listened.
"But we hope this money is just the beginning of a longer term commitment to decarbonising social housing.
"The sector was promised a £3.8bn ten year retrofitting fund in the Conservative manifesto in December and it is only through investment of this scale that we can take on the climate crisis. Residential housing is responsible for around a fifth of all UK carbon emissions, so making homes energy efficient is key to meeting the UK’s legally binding target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050."