Housing leaders are calling on the chancellor to deliver on spending pledges, as a new report shows that more than a quarter of a million Northern homes each year will need green upgrades to meet the Government’s own energy efficiency targets.
The new Northern Housing Monitor, a state of the region report for housing in the North, published today, finds that 62 per cent of Northern homes – over four million properties – are below the key EPC C energy efficiency standard that all homes must meet by 2035. The report states 270,000 Northern homes must be upgraded every year between now and 2035, to meet Government targets and contribute towards the country’s net zero ambition.
These green home upgrades have the potential to push levelling-up too, with experts identifying potential for 77,000 more green jobs across the North by the 2030s.
To meet the challenging targets, housing leaders are calling on the chancellor to use his planned Autumn Spending Review to confirm Conservative manifesto commitments on home energy efficiency investment.
The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) – which speaks for 140 councils and housing associations across the North – has recommended the government frontload a promised investment of £3.8bn in the country’s social rented homes and says Rishi Sunak must also confirm a further £2.5bn of Home Upgrade Grants for low-income private renters and owner-occupiers.
Tracy Harrison, Chief Executive of the NHC said: “These figures show the scale of the challenge we face to begin to ready the North’s homes for net zero. But together we can do this. Councils and housing associations across the North stand ready to upgrade homes and create thousands of jobs in the process. With the Glasgow Climate Change Summit just around the corner, Rishi Sunak must show he is serious about net zero and levelling-up by confirming the long-term energy efficiency funding pledged at the last election, and in doing so, start to build the necessary confidence and capacity in the supply chain to allow us to deliver.”
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