Published: 3rd Nov 2020

London Councils has called on the government to provide £115m funding for councils to retrofit energy inefficient buildings in capital. The boroughs have identified 375 shovel-ready projects, including the retrofitting of 18 large-scale public buildings, 29 schools, and thousands of homes across the capital. The local authorities are already funding more than £950m of the costs but need an additional £115m in 2020/21 to make progress on the full list of retrofitting projects. In its submission to the government’s upcoming spending review, London Councils argue that retrofitting energy inefficient buildings reduces energy bills and associated fuel poverty. It says London has among the highest fuel poverty rates in England, with 11.4% of households in the capital classed as ‘fuel poor’. And while local authority budgets currently under severe strain due to the impact of Covid-19 – with London boroughs expecting an £800m shortfall this year – the government’s spending review is … (To read the full article, subscribe below)