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Hot Stuff! Top agent welcomes Sunak’s eco U-turn

A leading agent has welcomed the dramatic U turn by the government on how it is to meet its net zero targets.

Under revised plans, the government will:

- Scrap policies to force landlords to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties, but instead continue to encourage households to do so where they can;


- Raise the Boiler Upgrade Grant by 50% to £7,500 to help households who want to replace their gas boilers with a low-carbon alternative like a heat pump;

- Delay the ban on installing oil and LPG boilers, and new coal heating, for off-gas-grid homes to 2035, instead of phasing them out from 2026. Many of these homes are not suitable for heat pumps, so this ensures homeowners are not having to spend around £10-15,000 on upgrading their homes in just three years’ time;

- Set an exemption to the phase out of fossil fuel boilers, including gas, in 2035, so that households who will most struggle to make the switch to heat pumps or other low-carbon alternatives won’t have to do so. This is expected to cover about a fifth of homes, including off-gas-grid homes - those that will need expensive retrofitting or a very large electricity connection;

- Rule out policy ideas that would require people to share cars, eat less meat and dairy, be taxed to discourage their flying, or have seven bins to hit recycling targets – removing worrying proposals that would interfere in the way people live their lives;

- Move back the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by five years, so all sales of new cars from 2035 will be zero emission. This will enable families to wait to take advantage of falling prices over the coming decade if they wish to.

Michael Cook, Group Managing Director of Leaders Romans Group, says it’s good news.

He comments: “Whilst we recognise all individuals and industries must think differently and act differently to reduce their carbon footprint and the impact of climate change, we welcome this u-turn by the government.

“Essentially, asking homeowners and landlords to dig deeper into their pockets at this difficult time is unwanted pressure. Landlords in particular have been continually hit with higher taxation and legislation, coupled with inflationary pressure and higher interest rates, leading many to conclude that its is time to sell. This supply restriction has seen rents go up at a greater rate than in living memory. 

“Therefore reducing capital outlay by reversing out of policies like this is in everyone’s interest in the short to medium turn.”


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    We live in a strange world where an agent/salesman celebrates his product NOT improving, NOT being fit-for-purpose, NOT being high quality and 8 million of his customers cold and living in fuel poverty (source: Office of National Statistics).
    Let’s go back to selling rusting British Leyland Maxis and Motorola ‘brick’ phones. Life was so much better back then.
    “Will the last person to leave please turn off the central heating.”


    Can you just provide some more information on the 8 million living in Victorian slum conditions, whereabouts etc.


    He isn't celebrating the fact of 'victorian slums', a phrase I would argue with considering I know quite a few of the properties I manage are more energy efficient than my home. He is happy that the government are not forcing people to spend money that they do not have, and forcing people into a specific way of doing things. We have one bin inside for recycling, which we then empty into the big recycling bin outside when it gets full. We do not have space for 7 bins inside, and the logistics of when each bin would be emptied and the amount of new trucks/cleaning of trucks required to stop contamination (which is why I assume they are doing this) sounds vast.
    Improving our carbon footprint and making our homes energy efficient is good. Being forced to spend the little money that is left over after taxes is the problem.


    Richard, since Gibbons comes out with these strange, unsubstantiated figures of 8 million living in Victorian slum conditions, do you think he is perhaps related to Polly Bleat of Shelter?

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    We live in the real world, and so does that agent.

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    Usual Gibbo rubbish - 8 million living in Victorian slum conditions????? just where is this then Gibbo?????- he is just a troll attempting to wind people up

  • jeremy clarke

    This is a good start, a return to Conservative values? Next job will be to scrap Gove, his department and renters reform bill. May then have a slim chance of keeping liebor out of number 10 next year. If liebor do get in, they'll just tear everything up to impose their crazy tree hugging policies like khan and draxford have already done in their kingdoms.


    I think that more does need to be done to move to more carbon neutral and stopping the dependency on fossil fuels, but I worry it's going to go too far and those of us who eat meat and dairy will be forced to give it up...

  • Matthew Payne

    Dont everyone get too excited, this wasnt about landlords. The energy security bill is just going for Royal Assent and within it is a Henry 8th clause allowing goverment to ban any fossil fuel burning device whenever they want to, which the press cottoned onto earlier this week. Mr Sunak is simply putting some daylight between him and Labour on climate which at the same time is pretty popular with most people other than die hard greenies who want it all to happen now. Beware the clause means any governement can change their mind on this whenever they want to, no need to consult Parliament even. If Labour win the GE, all yesterdays announcement will go in the bin.


    Matthew, you had to go and spoil it. Since yesterday I had this image of Gibbons exploding and shouting at the television as Sunak changed course.

    I had hoped it would bring to an end Gibbons’ gibberish on this subject, but you have given him fresh hope and encouragement.

    Matthew Payne

    Every forum needs it pantomime villian, far be it from me to scare him off.


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