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'More action needed' to tackle London fuel poverty

More than one in ten residents in London have been classified as living in poor housing by a leading UK charity.

Figures released by the BRE trust 15 per cent of those living in the capital would see a significant improvement to their health if investment was made in the properties they currently reside in, while the NHS could save as much as £56 million per year if such housing-related problems were effectively tackled.

The research found that while progress had been made in improving how energy efficient the housing stock was, many households were still struggling in fuel poverty as a result of high costs in the capital.

One of the initiatives currently looking to alleviate this problem is the government's Green Deal, which is offering to subsidise the cost of home improvements like solid wall insulation. Measures like this can dramatically reduce the amount of heat escaping through a property's walls.

Posted by Paul Taylor