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Housing: Insulation

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assistance she plans to provide for people whose homes have solid walls to provide wall insulation; and if she will make a statement. (224894)

I have been asked to reply.

Finding innovative, cost effective and attractive ways of insulating hard to treat homes will be core to both our carbon saving and fuel poverty alleviation ambitions. The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT), although specifically designed to deliver carbon savings as cost effectively as possible, includes incentives to encourage suppliers to promote more costly measures appropriate for hard to treat homes, such as solid wall insulation. This has resulted in some 40,000 solid wall homes benefiting from insulation in the last three years, with a further 100,000 expected to be treated by 2011.

Equally, we continue to assess innovative solid wall products for inclusion within Warm Front, the Government’s flagship fuel poverty alleviation programme. There will also be a focus on improving the energy efficiency of hard to treat properties, including via solid wall insulation, through the forthcoming Green Neighbourhoods scheme, announced by Hilary Benn in April; and the new £350 million community energy saving obligation on energy suppliers and electricity generators announced by the Prime Minister on 11 September.