As the Tories dither over the Green agenda, the Lib Dem fight continues - Ann Holtom

Cllr Ann Holtom is campaigning for action on grass verge parking

Ahead of debates on climate change, air quality and health at the Liberal Democrat conference next month, local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom is calling on the government not to abandon the Coalition's commitment to the green agenda now the Tories don't have Lib Dems ministers on their case any longer.

Ann said: "Despite much needed progress by the Liberal Democrats in the last five years, people still suffer from homes that are too cold and bills that are too high. We will guarantee that nature and the environment will not be ignored by the Conservatives.

Energy efficiency and climate change are vital issues that we must tackle as a nation. Insulating millions of homes will improve the cost of living and quality of life of people here in Birmingham and across the UK.

The Lib Dems said before the election that we would introduce a new Green Homes Bill if we got back into government. This would improve energy efficiency and promote renewable heat ensuring more people benefit from permanently warmer homes and cheaper energy bills. The plans would have offered at least £100 a year off Council Tax for ten years when energy improvements are carried out.

Liberal Democrats in Government had a proud record of reducing energy loss from the nation's housing stock resulting in permanently warmer homes and cheaper bills. Now the Tories are turning their backs on these and other green measures. The party will work hard in and outside Parliament to make sure the green voice continues to be heard."