UK PM urged to avoid false choice between hospitals and homes

50 organisations join call to UK government to avoid a “false choice” between hospitals, heat pumps, and home insulation with ECO Plus scheme

Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Weekly Cabinet meeting, 7 June 2022. Photo via Number 10 on flickr.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Weekly Cabinet meeting, 7 June 2022. Photo via Number 10 on flickr.

A group of nearly 50 organisations representing finance, fuel poverty, local authorities, academia, retrofit, manufacturing and civil society have written to the Prime Minister to fund new energy efficiency support, such as “ECO Plus”with new public spending commitments, rather than by diverting much-needed funding from schemes supporting critical energy-saving measures for public buildings like schools and hospitals.

While the groups warmly support a well-designed “ECO Plus” scheme for those at risk of fuel poverty, they warn against removing money from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) or other existing green homes budgets (such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme), as was suggested might be the case in recent media coverage.

Schools and hospitals are facing soaring energy bills that damage their ability to deliver vital public services. The NHS’ energy bill is predicted to more than double this year to £1.2bn. Cutting phase 3B of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, as is reportedly being considered, could cost the NHS £519m in lost funding, directly undermining hospitals’ ability to tackle their rising energy costs and put more money back into patient care.

Read the letter here.

The letter was supported by:

Active Building Centre Research Programme
Age UK
Aldersgate Group
Architects Climate Action Network
Centre for Better Ageing
Chartered Institute of Housing
CPRE – the countryside charity
Dimitri Zenghelis, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge
Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme
Ecology Building Society
Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group
End Fuel Poverty Coalition
Energy Saving Trust
European Energy Heating UK Ltd
Green Finance Institute
Greenpeace UK
Ground Source Heat Pump Association
Groundwork UK
Heat Pump Association
Heat Pump Federation
HIES Consumer Code
Home Improvement Consumer Protection Scheme
Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA)
IRT Surveys Ltd.
MCS Charitable Foundation
Mineral wool Insulation Manufacturers Association
Northern Housing Consortium
Possible Pure Solar Ltd
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Solar Energy UK
The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE)
The Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency
The Insulation Assurance Authority
The Kensa Group
UK Green Building Council
38 Degrees


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