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PRIME MINISTER RISHI SUNAK CONFIRMS DELAY ON BAN FOR NEW PETROL AND DIESEL CARS AND BOOSTS BOILER UPGRADES

The prime minister Rishi Sunak has said he has eased some of the government’s green policies and he has announced a new approach which he says will protect ‘hard-pressed’ families from ‘unacceptable costs’.

Instead, Mr Sunak said emissions will be cut in a ‘proportionate way’ and he confirmed the government will delay the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by five years to 2035.

He added that people will still be allowed to buy second-hand cars before 2035.

Mr Sunak also said that people will not be forced to replace a gas boiler with a heat pump. Instead, householders will only be required to switch when they are due to change their boiler.

The boiler upgrade scheme will be increased to £7,500.

Subsidies for making homes more energy efficient will continue, however, no one will be forced to take these measures.

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