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Poor insulation 'contributing to fuel poverty'

A committee is set to meet to discuss how to deal with homes in Northumberland that cannot be fitted with energy efficient measures such as cavity wall insulation

The Journal Live reports how fuel poverty is one of the main concerns for researchers from Newcastle University and Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth (FOE).

David Farrar of Alnwick FOE described how many properties in the UK that were built before 1900 are poorly insulated and can cost residents a lot to heat.

With prices of heating oil and electricity continually rising, he noted that renovations need to be undertaken at many homes.

"If the government is serious about tackling climate change then it needs to give people an incentive to carry out improvements, such as low-interest loans or subsidies," Mr Farrar commented.

The Alnwick FOE will be hosting a Fixing Fuel Poverty with the Green Deal meeting at St James Church Centre in Pottergate tonight (April 1st) at 19:30 BST.