Public want warmer homes not HS2

9th December, 2013

Making homes more energy efficient is a greater infrastructure priority for the UK public than building HS2 or new roads, airports and power stations.

In a poll out last week, 85 per cent of adults rank free energy efficiency measures in their top three infrastructure priorities.

The poll showed 57 per cent of people believe it should be the UK’s number one priority, ahead of building new roads (15 per cent), new power stations (15 per cent), HS2 (3 per cent) or new airports (2 per cent).

It is an even greater priority for younger people, with energy efficiency for homes coming first for around 70 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds.

In addition, 63 per cent of people say that, of the infrastructure projects, it would have the biggest benefit for them personally, with the number rising to over 70 per cent for those with children and around three quarters of those aged 35 to 44.

The poll was conducted by TNS for the Energy Bill Revolution, the world’s biggest fuel poverty alliance representing over 150 British businesses, charities, energy companies and unions.

Ed Matthew, director of the Energy Bill Revolution, said: “The Government has over £100 billion in infrastructure projects planned but not one single penny is set aside to insulate homes. All parties need to listen. What people want more than anything is warm homes. This must be the UK’s number 1 infrastructure priority.”

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “Energy-efficiency improvements, unlike major road or rail projects, are not at the mercy of our lengthy planning process before they can get started.

“The positive impact on jobs and growth is immediate because energy efficient improvements to our homes can be done right away. If the Chancellor prioritises this type of capital investment, he will bring about significant economic gains, providing additional work for the UK’s small local builders, who are the backbone of the construction industry.”

Source: Refurb Projects

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