Cash pot for thousands of electric car charge points unused by councils

Cash pot for thousands of electric car charge points unused by councils

Ministers have written to local councils urging them to take advantage of a £4.5 million pot for electric car charge-point funding.

Ministers Jesse Norman and Claire Perry have called for local authorities to do more to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle air quality after it emerged just five councils in the whole of the UK have taken advantage of an electric car scheme.

In 2016 the Department for Transport launched the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, offering funding for local authorities to buy and install electric car charge points.

However, it has emerged that councils are not taking advantage of the funding.

The two government ministers have written to councils urging them to take up the scheme which makes available up to 75 per cent of the cost of procuring and installing chargepoints. Local authorities can fund the remaining costs through public and private sources.

Transport Minister, Jesse Norman said: “We are in the early stages of an electric revolution in the UK transport sector, and connectivity is at its heart.

“Millions of homes in the UK do not have off-street parking, so this funding is important to help local councils ensure that all their residents can take advantage of this revolution.”

Charge points can be anything from new points popping up on streets to adapting existing lampposts to make the best use of space.

The money has been available since 2016 but so far only 5 councils have come forward, so there is £4.5 million still available for them – enough for thousands of extra points.

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