Cold comfort

Metro Mayor Dan Norris slammed the Government for its failure to take the long-term action required to keep people warm in their homes. 

Giving evidence to the Energy Security and Net Zero Select Committee in the Commons, Mr Norris accused ministers of failing badly on the measures needed to bring houses up to good energy standards.

He blamed “constant chopping and changing of policy and initiatives” with no long-term thinking or focus on delivery further undermined by “badly designed and implemented initiatives cooked up in Whitehall that don’t work on the ground.”

He pointed to the government U-turn on plans to phase out gas boilers in new homes last year. The Mayor says his own £11m Retrofit West service aims to give certainty but needs a change in approach by government.  He warned there needs to be a 25 fold increase in retrofitting.