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Boris Johnson calls for more wall insulation

Thermal insulation measures must be fitted in more of the capital's houses, mayor of London Boris Johnson has said.

As part of the Know Your Rights campaign, which aims to ensure members of the public know the help that is available to help them keep their homes warm, Mr Johnson has urged people to research what energy efficiency measures they could have fitted.

Loft and cavity wall insulation could be added to the domiciles of many people in the city but the region has had particularly low take-up rates.

"There is help available for vulnerable Londoners to get their homes insulated, lagged and warm this winter, so fight the freeze and get the help you're entitled to," Mr Johnson said.

Research undertaken by the Greater London Authority found 24 per cent of households in the capital are currently in fuel poverty - defined as spending more than ten per cent of their income on gas and electricity.

This figure could be reduced through greater levels of thermal insulation, chair of London Council's Transport and Environment Committee councillor Catherine West said.

Posted by Paul Taylor