1 February 2011
Ann Blackburn, leader of the Green group on Leeds City Council, talks about the economic, social and environmental benefits of a home insulation scheme for the city:
"The scheme would be an investment to create jobs and reduce fuel bills. Council officers in Kirklees calculate for every £1 that their council spent on a similar insulation scheme, a further £4 was generated in the local economy.
"The Leeds project will be the UK's biggest domestic carbon saving scheme. Between £8 and £13.5 million will be saved each year in household fuel bills.
"In contrast, the cuts being implemented by Leeds council are being imposed by a Tory/Lib Dem central government. We would be able to reduce emissions, and fight the recession, if central government adopted the projects in Leeds and Kirklees."