Alok Sharma: £3bn green package will support 130,000 jobs

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The Business Secretary has said the government’s £3 billion investment in energy efficiency will support up to 130,000 construction jobs.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, Alok Sharma said £2 billion of the funding will be dedicated to helping households upgrade energy-saving features such as insulation and double glazing.

He said: “This is going to support 130,000 jobs - tradespeople, builders, plumbers - I think many of those people across England will very much welcome that.

“At the same time we have this target of net zero emissions by 2050 and part of that is making sure that we make our buildings and our homes much more energy efficient.

“This will delver towards that target in 2050 and again, it is about putting money in people’s pockets. Particularly at this time, very many people will welcome that.”

Mr Sharma said the scheme will work by covering two thirds of the cost for households to install environmentally-friendly additions, up to a total of £5,000.

Meanwhile, some of the nation’s poorest households will be able to have 100 per cent of the cost paid for by government, up to £10,000.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will unveil the environmentally conscious economic package tomorrow.

On top of the support for homeowners, £1 billion will be set to make schools, hospitals and other public buildings greener.

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