Thank you to all those who contacted me about the energy price crisis and the action we need to help people keep their homes warm.
We need rapid action when it comes to retrofitting housing. That is why I support a Warm Homes Plan that would reduce energy demand by insulating 19 million homes across the country over the next decade. I have long supported calls for such action – if the Government had acted on them, we could have already insulated two million of the coldest homes by this winter, saving households large amounts on their energy bills.
We also need to accelerate the deployment of cheap, homegrown renewables to reduce bills in the longer term. I support plans to deliver a fossil fuel-free electricity system by 2030, including by quadrupling offshore wind, more than tripling solar power and more than doubling our onshore wind capacity, as well as establishing a publicly owned clean energy company to make Britain an energy independent superpower. This would save UK households hundreds of pounds per household every year until 2030.
More widely, with so many people still wondering how they are going to make ends meet while faced with their energy bills, I believe it is simply wrong to continue to leave on the table billions of pounds from oil and gas companies that could be used to provide greater support to households. Yet the Government has done just this when it comes to the windfall tax. It has refused to backdate the tax to January 2022, failed to set it at the same level as other countries, and provided oil and gas producers with a multi-billion-pound break from the tax.
In March, I met with local campaigners from the Warm This Winter campaign to hear their concerns and outline Labour’s plan for cheaper energy and warmer homes. I will continue to support efforts to press the Government for the action we desperately need on this issue.