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Liberal democrats unveil mass insulation policy

Date: 04/03/2015

A plan to instal insulation in up to ten million homes over the next decade has been unveiled by the Liberal democrats.

The proposal, which will be added to the party's manifesto ahead of May's general election, is part of a Green Homes Bill that would also include providing Council Tax discounts of at least £100 a year for ten years for homeowners who take steps to make their homes more eco-friendly. 

Other incentives aimed at getting homeowners to take more steps to insulate their homes and use other energy-efficient measures like getting a better boiler or using renewables.

The bill would also include changing the Green Deal pay as you save scheme into a green homes loan scheme, while there will also be feed-out tariffs to encourage investment in solid wall insulation.

Landlords would also need to take steps to improve insulation, as the renting out nof energy-inefficient homes will be banned from 2018 under the plans.

Launching the plans, secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey said: "Lib Dems in Government have a proud record of improving the nation's leaky housing stock," pointing to the work done so far in introducing the Green Deal.

He added: "This is a solid start but I now want to see nothing less than a green homes revolution, delivering ten million energy efficient homes by 2025 through ambitious targets and generous incentives for people who carry out work to make their homes warmer, cheaper and greener."

The party has held the ministerial portfolio in cabinet for energy and climate change throughout this parliament as part of the coalition, with the job originally held by Chris Huhne before Mr Davey took up the post.

While the election could see the Liberal Democrats removed from government, a hung parliament is a distinct possibility and that could mean a new coalition deal involving the party. If so, the proposed new bill could become a reality in the next parliament.

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