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Boiler scrappage campaigner calls for Brown to “get off his bum”

A government energy minister, the Mayor of London, the CORGI Trust, and 53 MPs from across the House of Commons have given their support to the campaign, started by Hampshire plumbers’ merchant Mick Williams, for a scrappage scheme to help householders replace costly, inefficient boilers.

Williams now says it’s time for Gordon Brown to “get off his bum and make it happen.”

The Reheat Britain campaign aims to bring government and boiler manufacturers together to provide a grant for householders to replace their old boilers, with the triple effect of cutting energy bills, providing green jobs and reducing carbon emissions.

It began with Williams lodging a petition on the Number 10 website which now has more than 1,900 signatures and is now in the top ten environmental petitions on the site.

Since then, Boris Johnson’s Air Quality Strategy has called for the scheme, Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock has said she supports it, the gas safety watchdog CORGI Trust have published a report backing it, and Teignbridge MP Richard Younger-Ross’parliamentary motion in support has gathered 53 signatures from all the main parties in just a few days.

The scheme also has support from leading environmentalists and industry figures, including Former Friends of the Earth head Tony Juniper; Green Party London Mayor candidate Sian Berry, who has volunteered to manage the Reheat Britain campaign; Neil Schofield, Head of Sustainable Development, Worcester Bosch Group, Mark Kelly, CEO of boiler manufacturers Baxi; Fiona Russell Horne, editor of buildersmerchantsjournal.net; and Blane Judd, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

A full list of notable supporters can be found at http://reheatbritain.org.uk/who.

Williams said: “As soon as I heard about the car scrappage scheme, I knew a boiler scrappage scheme would make even more sense.

“It would be a boost for the economy, as trades jobs in plumbing can’t be outsourced, and most gas boilers sold in Britain are still made in British factories.

“It would make its money back in energy bill saving very quickly – a family replacing their old G rated boiler could save £235 a year

“And unlike the car scrappage it’s guaranteed to help the environment, as over 90% of new boilers fitted must, by law, be very efficient band A condensing boilers.

“So I got off my bum and started to try to make it happen. I’ve been delighted with all the eminent people and organisations that agree that it should happen, and the support of the 1,900 petition signatories that want it to happen.

“Isn’t it about time Mr Brown and the Government got off their bums to make sure it happens?”

Sign the petition now! http://reheatbritain.org.uk/

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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