MP wants Energy Bill toughened up

Julie Elliott

Julie Elliott

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A WEIGHTY problem is set to be tackled by a Wearside MP

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott is backing Friends of the Earth’s call for key changes to the Energy Bill, which is being debated in Parliament.

The environmental campaigning agency wants the Government to beef up support to help councils tackle climate change in their areas.

Ms Elliott said: “The Government’s Energy Bill needs to be overhauled to make sure our homes and communities get the green refurb needed to help fight climate change.

“I’m backing Friends of the Earth’s call for the new law to be stronger, so councils get independent advice to help communities go green, tenants are protected from heat-leaking homes by 2016 and the Government has a plan to insulate every home.”

Friends of the Earth campaigner Liz Hutchins said: “We need MPs like Julie Elliott to stand up and be counted to help fight dangerous climate change and create clean, green communities we can be proud to live in.”