Greens MP calls for increased funding of home insulation programmes

By Anonymous
June 17, 2016 has reported (31/05/2016) on Green MP Steffan Browning's call out to the Government for more home insulation scheme funding.

Steffan Browning said that the 2016 Budget announcements revealed that home insulation subsidies funded by the Government have reached its lowest level in nine years.

$16.5 million is being invested in the next financial year to projects aimed to keep New Zealanders warm compared to $23.9 million the previous year. 2011 to 2012 saw a huge investment of $85.5 million.

Mr Browning would like to see this Government making home insulation a priority. He feels it is important that every child should live in a dry, warm house.

Budget 2016 revealed that the Warm Up New Zealand scheme will receive $12 million. This scheme aims to provide home insulation to rental houses occupied by low-income tenant, especially those with health needs.

Felicity Spencer, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board health promoter, said that a Marlborough Healthy Homes programme offered home owners and tenants with a community service card free under floor and ceiling insulation.

110 Marlborough homes had received home insulation under the programme since May 2015.

Carla Taylor, a resident of Blenheim, was eligible for the programme because her daughter has asthma. She said that the home insulation has made a big difference to how warm and dry her house was.