Mayor’s home energy programme slashed by three quarters

Labour’s environment lead Murad said: "RE:NEW is a really good programme and should be rolled out across the whole of London, but the mayor keeps scaling it back.

We had one of the coldest winters ever last year & fuel bills are rising fast, so the only defence people have is to make their homes more energy efficient.

London has some of the worst insulated homes in the country and Londoners are already struggling to pay their energy bills. It is clear the mayor has no influence whatsoever on the energy companies who keep putting bills up, but this is one area he could make a real difference."

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RE:NEW scheme.

For further information please contact Alison Marcroft on 0207 983 4363

The Mayor’s Climate Change and Mitigation and Energy strategy set a target of treating 200,000 homes by 2012 under the

The programme started in 2009 and 8,936 homes were treated in trials and demonstration projects.

In May of this year the mayor advised the target was now only 55,000.

There are 3.3 million homes in London (Focus on London data). 200,000 is just 6% of those. 55,000 homes is 1.7%

Murad Qureshi is a London-wide Assembly Member and is Chair of the Assembly’s Environment Committee