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Electric charge points for new homes and offices by law

The Prime Minister has announced that all new homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces will be required to install electric vehicle charge points from next year.

As well as new places, those undergoing largescale renovations which leaves them with over 10 parking spaces will also be required to install electric vehicle charge points.

This will result in up to 145,000 extra charge points being installed across England each year in the run up to 2030 when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is set to end in the UK.

With the majority of charging happening at home, this will mean people can buy new properties already ready for electric vehicle use, while also ensuring more charge points are available at shops and workplaces.

The Government will also be introducing new ways to pay whilst travelling, such as contactless, at all new fast and rapid charge points.

The Prime Minister is addressing the CBI annual conference, outlinibg UK plans for the biggest transformation of the global economy in 200 years, with public and private sectors working in partnership to make the most of 'net zero' plans, from electric vehicles to energy.

In his CBI speech, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to say: "This is a pivotal moment - we cannot go on as we are. We have to adapt our economy to the green industrial revolution.

"We have to use our massive investment in science and technology and we have to raise our productivity and then we have to get out your way.

"We must regulate less or better and take advantage of new freedoms."

The Government has also announced today that following a successful pilot with businesses, Innovate UK will deliver a new three-year programme of £150m in new flexible and affordable Innovation Loans to help British SMEs commercialise their latest R&D innovations. This programme supports businesses to grow, scale up and create new high-skill jobs in the process, including those who would have otherwise been unable to secure private loans.

While this is open to a variety of sectors, green businesses will be able to apply from early next year.

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