Today sees the first major public lobby of the new parliament, with up to 8000 people descending on the House of Commons from across the country to speak to their MPs about climate change.
Renters should be interested in this because the number one domestic policy demand will be ‘Warm homes for all’ – and this means making energy efficiency an infrastructure spending priority, as our friends the Energy Bill Revolution have called for in the run-up to the General Election.
The arguments for why widespread energy efficiency initiatives are the only way to end fuel poverty are well-rehearsed, but for the new intake of MPs, it may be the first time they have heard them and for the rest of parliament the demands need to be reiterated.
In particular, the event is calling for ‘Making 2 million of the UK’s low-income homes highly efficient by 2020, and all 6 million low-income homes highly efficient by 2025.’
The UK’s private rented sector is the tenure with the highest incidence of poor energy efficiency, meaning too many tenants are living in cold homes to avoid hugely expensive bills. The health and social impacts of this have been widely-documented, as have the benefits of action, but we are still waiting for England to make energy efficiency an infrastructure priority, as happened recently in Scotland.
That’s why Generation Rent is supporting the lobby and demands to end fuel poverty for good.
Check out Twitter across the day for messages from the lobby and if you can’t be there in person, click here to email your MP about fuel poverty and why it has to end in the PRS.