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Green plans will boost jobs and homes in Northampton says Andrew Simpson

December 18, 2008 10:30 PM

Eco HomeNorthampton North's Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate, Cllr Andrew Simpson has given his backing to plans for investment in green schemes that will make homes warmer, cut energy bills and improve public transport. The plans, called Green Road out of Recession, were announced today (18th December) by Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg MP.

The plans will cost £12.5bn, which would be paid for by scrapping the proposed VAT cut. The vast majority of that money will be spent immediately, making a real impact on the economy and people's lives right away.

Green Road out of the Recession proposals include:

· A five-year programme to insulate every school and hospital, with 20% completed in the first year

· Funding insulation and energy efficiency for a million homes, with a £1,000 subsidy for a million more

· Building 40,000 extra zero-carbon social houses

· Buying 700 new train carriages

· Reopening old railway lines and stations, opening new ones, and in Northamptonshire electrifying the Midland mainline

· Installing energy and money saving smart meters in every home within five years

"The plans proposed by Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats will give an immediate boost to the economy here in Northampton," said Andrew Simpson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Northampton North constituency. "And by insulating people's homes, it will help thousands of residents whose heating bills have gone through the roof in the past year.

"It will help us in Northampton by improving our rail connections and kicking life back into the stagnant house building market which is crucial to the town's future.

"Whilst Labour and the Conservatives are quietly dropping serious interest in tackling climate change and damage to the environment, Liberal Democrats believe that moving forward with green action on homes and transport will create jobs, cut energy bills, put money back into people's pockets and protect the environment."