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Government to publish thermal insulation statistics

The government is to start publishing quarterly statistics on the number of insulation installations carried out in the UK.

Publishing its new five-year business plan, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said it would work to compile the statistic with the Energy Saving Trust.

The data will cover the installation of insulation measures across local authority and parliamentary constituency level, with the first set of figures due later this month.

This will be followed by quarterly updates, the DECC said.

According to the DECC, the statistics will provide an important yardstick for judging the impact of government policies, such as the planned Green Deal.

Under this planned programme, every household in the country will be entitled to an independent energy assessment, which will recommend measures to cut heating bills and reduce CO2 emissions.

Approved lenders will provide up to £6,500 to cover the upfront costs of carrying out these upgrades and the money will be paid back through savings on energy costs.

The government has estimated that up to 100,000 insulation jobs could be created through the programme by 2015.