Breaking: Insulate Britain blocks M25 for a fourth time

20 September 2021

Early this morning, Insulate Britain blocked the M25 for a fourth time.  They say that actions will continue until the government makes a meaningful commitment to insulate all of Britain’s 29 million leaky homes by 2030, and all social housing by 2025. [1]

People blocked slip roads and the M25 carriageway itself in a number of locations. Once again, blue paint was poured onto the road, which will require cleaning, leading to further disruption.

Many of those blocking the roads today have participated in all four actions to date. Only one person who participated in multiple roadblocks last week has so far been placed on remand - Nick Cooper, who appeared at St Albans Magistrates Court on Saturday.

On Sunday, Insulate Britain wrote to the Highways Agency and the Police forces responsible for the M25 network, informing them that the campaign would continue at 7am today. The letter contained a request that the Highways Agency review their previous decision not to reduce speed limits on the motorway during the protest. This is a standard safety procedure when hazards occur on the motorway and Insulate Britain is surprised that it has not formed part of the Agency’s response to the campaign to date.


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Notes to Editors

[1] 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

Our Demands

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:

Technical Report on home energy efficiency here: