Cold homes have contributed to the deaths of more than 8,000 people in the North West across the last ten winters.

New data analysis conducted by Greenpeace, using ONS data, estimates that cold and damp housing conditions contributed to an average of 6 deaths per day.

In the same time period Government support for installing home energy-efficiency improvements (such as cavity wall and loft insulation) has been at a historic low.

The last Labour Government invested in upgrading homes, but many of the schemes have been dismantled by the Conservatives.

If Labour win the next General election we will start to upgrade housing again. Labour would insulate five million homes over five years, helping to cut household bills by an average of £445-a-year on current energy prices.

Bolton residents will directly from this policy. Here in Bolton North East, 57.94% of homes have an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of below “C”, which means they are less efficient than they should be. If elected as your MP at the next election I will work to deliver the housing upgrades we need.

Not only will upgrades save money for individual households struggling with the cost of living, it will create thousands of new high skilled jobs, save the NHS millions of pounds in treating the consequences of cold homes, and help with our efforts to tackle climate change by reducing energy waste.

Kirith Entwistle
Labour Candidate for Bolton North East