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Mon 24 Jun 2024

Labour vows to scrap Tories’ gas boiler ban

Labour is pledging to scrap the Conservatives’ plan to ban new gas boilers from 2035.

The pledge has come from shadow energy secretary Ed Miliband who has told the Daily Telegraph that “no one should be forced to rip out their boiler under Labour.”

Instead - assuming Labour wins next week’s General Election - there will be financial incentives to help people install heat pumps.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said last year that “most people wouldn’t have to switch until they were replacing their boiler anyway and then not until 2035.”

Miliband tells the Telegraph: “We haven’t stuck with the government’s 2035 target when you can’t replace your old boiler. I know that we’ve got to show that heat pumps are affordable and work for people.”

He says heat pumps - which run on electricity - have become the most viable alternative to boilers and he would seek ways of encouraging a surge of installations if Labour entered government.

Miliband continues: “I think one good thing the government did, among a number of bad things, was to increase the heat pump grant to £7,500.”

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme, initiated by Sunak last year, provides eligible households with grants of up to £7,500 to fit heat pumps.

The Telegraph says Labour may take this further by extending it to millions of additional homes.