19 October 2021, 11:00 am
INSULATE BRITAIN’S INTERIM RESPONSE TO THE
GOVERNMENT’S HEAT AND BUILDINGS STRATEGY
Insulate Britain will review the government's much delayed Heat and Buildings strategy expected today. Along with construction experts, we will be reviewing the details of the government’s plans to see if our demands have been met. We will release a further statement on this at a Press Conference later in the week.
Over the past few weeks, Insulate Britain has successfully brought the previously neglected topic of home insulation into the national debate and has shone a light on the national shame of tens of thousands of fuel poverty deaths and millions of children living in cold, damp and unhealthy homes.
We have successfully highlighted the need for the government to take responsibility for the low-energy, low-carbon retrofit of the nations’ homes, the benefits of which include: dramatically reduced energy bills, the elimination of thousands of fuel poverty deaths, a significant reduction in NHS treatment costs, the creation of millions of proper, meaningful jobs and a potential 15% saving in our country’s carbon emissions.It just needs Boris to get on with the job.
The heat and buildings strategy has been delayed multiple times and is only being published now in part because of the impact that Insulate Britain and other civil resistance campaigns have had. Without the controversial actions of a tiny minority, this government would not be responding with anything like the urgency demanded by climate science.
Like the suffragettes, the civil rights movement and the disability rights civil resistance campaign – when societies descend into outrageous injustice small groups of people reflect back the wrong, the complacency and the hypocrisy. Insulate Britain has done whatever is nonviolently necessary to get the attention of the country.
We will continue to support the ordinary, resolute people that have taken part in our campaign. They have faced violence, intimidation, threats and had their lives splashed across the nation's papers because they refused to be bystanders to the destruction of our country, because they refused to simply watch while the fate of humanity was determined by government cowardice and treason.
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High quality photos and video footage available here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Kucq-NfhnZLGJWwLx1HX03cWR7M9Y2-m
Notes to Editors
About Insulate Britain
Insulate Britain is a new campaign group that is calling on the UK government to put in place policy and funding for a national home insulation programme starting with all social housing.
We demand the Prime Minister and the government to #getonwiththejob, face up to their responsibility and lead our country through the climate crisis.
We are ordinary British citizens with simple and achievable demands to #INSULATEBRITAIN
The UK government must immediately promise to fully fund and take responsibility for the insulation of all social housing in Britain.
We demand a national home insulation strategy that gives British people the justice they deserve: a future for our loved ones, lower energy bills and safer living conditions.
We are scared: our livelihoods are at risk and the futures of our children are uncertain
The Climate Crisis is a threat to all: we demand the government to act now.
1. That the UK government immediately promises to fully fund and take responsibility for the insulation of all social housing in Britain by 2025;
2. That the UK government immediately promises to produce within four months a legally binding national plan to fully fund and take responsibility for the full low-energy and low-carbon whole-house retrofit , with no externalised costs, of all homes in Britain by 2030 as part of a just transition to full decarbonisation of all parts of society and the economy.
Further information about Insulate Britain and our demands here: https://www.insulatebritain.com/
Technical Report on home energy efficiency here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jt5FI-kinEXoqZtPDrCvnAVQ2EFn8Aea/view
Insulate Britain ‘Blue Lights’ policy: our policy is, and has always been to move out of the way for emergency vehicles with ‘blue lights’ on.