Meg Hillier MP, Labour's Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, has responded to the coalition's decision to close to new entrants the Warm Front scheme and cut its funding by two thirds over the next two years.
The Warm Front scheme was introduced by the last Labour government to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.
Meg Hillier said:
“The Conservatives and Lib Dems are short sighted in cutting funding for a scheme designed to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty without measures to replace it. The criteria for receiving help from warm front are already high. Proposals to consult on eligibility are just smoke and mirrors after the decision to cut funding is already made.
“Emissions from homes in the UK are the biggest cause of CO2 emissions and it is vital we tackle this problem. The Government's decision to cut Warm Front is incoherent and means people like pensioners and low-paid workers will lose out.”