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Help local communities build better, greener homes

The government is putting roadblocks in the way of local councils who want to improve energy efficiency. But we need housing that tackles fuel poverty and the climate crisis.

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Case overview

When Michael Gove announced the Government’s latest plan to invest in towns left behind after years of Tory austerity, he said the funds would “empower communities in every part of the UK to take back control of their future, taking long term decisions in the interests of local people”. But less than three months later his department issued a directive limiting local authorities from introducing “local plans” to improve energy efficiency in housing beyond “national policy”, even if communities want to go further.

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