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Stalybridge and Hyde MP and Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Reynolds has launched Labour’s Green Paper on energy efficiency, calling for an end to the scandal of cold homes.

Labour’s pledge, to make at least five million homes more energy efficiency, follows last year’s commitment to freeze energy prices up to 2017 while reforming the energy market.

Mr Reynolds said: “Energy bills have increased by a staggering £300 in the past four years. Investing in energy efficiency is the best way to keep bills down and to lift people out of fuel poverty.

"In Tameside, there are nearly 10,000 households living in fuel poverty while across Greater Manchester, this figure is almost 130,000 – this scandal has to stop.

“Our commitment, to help low income and fuel poor families, in our local area will save households on average, an estimated £270.”

Under a Labour Government, at least five million homes will be made more energy efficient over the next 10 years – cutting heat loss and bills for low income families. Labour will also provide half a million personalised home energy reports a year as well as offering up to one million interest-free loans to cover the costs of energy efficiency during the next Parliament.

Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP said: “Millions of households are struggling with a cost-of-living crisis in Britain with many on low incomes or in fuel poverty struggling to heat their homes because of David Cameron’s failure to stand up to the energy companies.

“The best way to help households manage their energy bills is to invest in energy efficiency. That’s why the next Labour Government has committed to insulating at least five million homes over the next ten years, saving people on average around £270 of their bill.” 

Labour’s Green Paper on energy efficiency can be found here: http://www.yourbritain.org.uk/agenda-2015/policy-review/policy-review/an-end-to-cold-homes-labour-s-energy-efficiency-green-paper

The Green Paper was launched on November 10, 2014.

Labour launches pledge to end cold homes

Stalybridge and Hyde MP and Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Reynolds has launched Labour’s Green Paper on energy efficiency, calling for an end to the scandal of cold...

MP Jonathan Reynolds toasted Stalybridge Labour Club’s growing reputation for real ales at the weekend, when he opened the inaugural beer festival.
The club, on Acres Lane, has recently been voted CAMRA’s best club in High Peak and Cheshire for the second year running – coming 1st runner-up in the wider Greater Manchester region too.
Plans for the Stalybridge Labour Club Beer Festival were drawn up by club officials and staff to highlight their growing reputation for real ales.
And during the three-day event (October 24-26) hundreds of people visited the club to taste some of the collection of more than 30 brews that were on offer.
There was a distinctly local flavour to the festival, with ales included from local micro-breweries Tickety Brew, from Stalybridge, Millstone, from Mossley and Green Mill, from Broadbottom – as well as a wider range of beers from across Greater Manchester.
The event was so successful that there are now plans to make the Stalybridge Labour Club Beer Festival an annual event.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: “Staff and officials at the club are clearly proud that all their hard work has brought them such prestigious recognition from CAMRA – and there can be no better way of celebrating their success than with their own beer festival.
“Hundreds of people turned out for the event – seizing the rare opportunity to taste so many of the beers brewed locally. And I was delighted to be amongst them.
“The Labour Club continues to be a popular venue for public and private events in the town – but the festival has instantly become a favourite on the club’s calendar.
“I know there will be a significant number of people who are already looking forward to visiting the festival again next year – and I hope to be there again.”
The festival was officially opened on the Friday by Mr Reynolds. And later Cllr Kevin Welsh and Stalybridge North candidate Adrian Pearce presented Lord Tom Pendry with the presidency of the club.
Commenting on the success of the event, Stalybridge North councillor Kevin Welsh, who is a trustee of the Stalybridge Labour Club, said: “Stalybridge Labour Club has begun to really excel with its range and quality of real ales – and it was to celebrate that success that we set up the first beer festival.
“Of course, it’s been a lot of work – but clearly it attracted hundreds of people who appeared to have a great time, so it’s been worth it.”

Pint and politics for Stalybridge Labour Club

MP Jonathan Reynolds toasted Stalybridge Labour Club’s growing reputation for real ales at the weekend, when he opened the inaugural beer festival.The club, on Acres Lane, has recently been voted...

HUNDREDS of tenants across Tameside are now looking forward to lower energy bills, after landlord New Charter fitted their homes with solar panels.

The housing association has installed the panels to hundreds of properties in the past two months alone – with plans to fit panels to 4500 properties across the borough by next August.

The project has been praised by Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds, who is Labour’s Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change.

And today he joined New Charter chief executive officer Ian Munro and Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne to mark the completion of the 1000th property on Keddlestone Walk, in Denton.

The renewable technology – which generate energy from the sun – will work in conjunction with the Government’s Feed-In Tariff scheme and could cut tenants electricity bills by between £200 and £400 a year.

It’s been estimated that over the next 25 years it could save tenants around £40million – and could cut carbon emissions by 112,500 tonnes.

“This is a project that not only makes sense for the environment – it makes financial sense too,” said Mr Reynolds.

“The installation of solar panels allows tenants to generate their own energy – and by generating surplus electricity I understand they could save as much as £400 a year.

“Too often it’s those living in the rented sector that face higher energy bills because of a landlord’s failure to address heat loss.

“However this is a ground-breaking scheme that highlights the positive measures that can be adopted by responsible landlords.”

The project was made possible after New Charter Homes signed a deal worth more than £18m with solar installation partners.

Installations – which will involve New Charter’s own building company – will continue over 12 months.

Once complete New Charter Building Company is looking to undertake all on-going maintenance of the systems.

Speaking after the launch of the £18m scheme in August, chief executive of the New Charter Group Ian Munro said: “Our tenants will benefit massively from cheaper fuel bills provided by the technology while reducing our carbon footprint considerably.

“While this technology will help a large number of our tenants, we know that not all homes will be suitable, so we’re looking at other energy saving possibilities for those homes not suitable for solar panels.”

New Charter install solar panels to 1000th property

HUNDREDS of tenants across Tameside are now looking forward to lower energy bills, after landlord New Charter fitted their homes with solar panels. The housing association has installed the panels...


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