Ed Miliband has urged the Tories to commit to “rapidly invest in wide-scale retrofitting” after a new report called on the government to retrofit 2.7 million homes across the North of England within the decade.
Responding to a paper published by the Institute for Public Policy (IPPR) North, the Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary stressed the benefits for both the environment and jobs in the country’s Covid recovery.
On the fresh research released by the think tank, Miliband argued: “The UK’s homes are some of the worst insulated and least energy efficient in Europe, and improving UK housing is crucial to meeting climate objectives.
“The government must rapidly invest in wide-scale retrofitting which would support the creation of jobs, tackling rising unemployment and the climate emergency at the same time.
“IPPR North’s research provides yet more evidence this is the right thing to do and could create jobs right across the North of England.”