Friday, 3 October 2008

FREE INSULATION FOR ALL HOMES - NOW

KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 3rd October 2008 –
27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org
0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – 079444 71083

FREE INSULATION – NOW

The Local Government Association has backed calls for free insulation of all homes (1). It’s proposals are based on initiatives taken by Green Party councillors in Kirklees. Kent Green Party is writing to local councils in Kent and Medway to get them to back the scheme and push the Government into action. Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party, comments:

“The average household can save up to half their domestic fuel bills by insulation improvements. Since about 800-900 people die of the cold each year in Kent, and many more fall ill due to inadequate insulation and damp, good insulation is essential. Greenhouse gas emissions from households are about 21% of total UK emissions, so better insulation can reduce the gases which lead to global warming. Existing schemes would take 100 years to cover all homes. The Green Party wants to go further and faster than the Local Government Association with a £6 billion insulation programme which would cover all housing within 5 years. This programme can be funded by restoring the fuel duty ‘escalator’ which will help to keep traffic congestion and air pollution from traffic down – both critical issues in Kent.” Ends 196 words


FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Chair of Kent Green Party – 01732 355185 or 0845 257 4236 or 079444 71083. Contact address as above. Dr Dawe is also Prospective Parliamentary Candidate – Green Party – for Tunbridge Wells.



Notes:
1. The Local Government Association has called for a national free insulation scheme based on the Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council model (driven by the Green Party Group of Councillors). Full details of how this would work on a national level are made in the recently published document: "Switch off, Switched on 2" It is available as a pdf here: www.lga.gov.uk/lga/aio/971071
This ties in with the objectives of the Green New Deal programme: http://www.neweconomics.org/gen/greennewdealneededforuk210708.aspx

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