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Funding now available for solid wall insulation

Householders across the UK can now apply for financial support to help them to install solid wall insulation (SWI) in their properties.

The government launched the new terms of its Green Deal Home Improvement Fund earlier this week (June 9th), with people able to claim up to £6,000 towards SWI.

Members of the public are now being urged by the National Insulation Association (NIA) to contact its members to take advantage of the scheme while it is still available.

The £6,000 is the maximum amount that individuals will receive, with the Green Deal paying for 75 per cent of the total cost of SWI installation.

In addition to funding for this particular energy-saving measure, applicants could also be eligible to receive up to £1,000 towards the fitting of two more improvements from an approved list, which includes cavity wall insulation.

Furthermore, they will receive a £100 refund for their Green Deal Assessment Report if they choose to act upon at least one of the recommendations it makes to increase the property's energy efficiency.

Those who have purchased a home in the last 12 months before they apply to the scheme will qualify for an extra £500 to go towards similar measuresl.

Greg Barker, the energy and climate change minister, said: "The coalition government is actively helping British consumers cut their energy bills and make their homes warmer and greener too.

"People should apply now for this unmissable offer and cut their bills before next winter," he added.

Meanwhile, NIA chief executive Neil Marshall said the organisation welcomed the launch of the Green Deal and applauded the government's "continued commitment" to helping homeowners cope with the cost of living.

Mr Marshall noted NIA members offered customers peace of mind, as they have all signed up to a strict Code of Professional Practice.

Posted by Rachel Jenkins