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Somerset homes to get solid wall insulation

Homeowners in western Somerset are set to benefit from a new scheme to fit properties with solid wall insulation.

The initiative has been launched by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), which said that around one in the three of the UK's properties - or some ten million dwellings - cannot have measures such as cavity wall insulation installed.

As a result, many are excluded from mainstream home improvement programmes.

The CSE's Hard-to-Treat scheme aims to address this by ensuring properties with solid walls can also be made warmer and more energy efficient.

Under the programme, which has been developed with West Somerset, Taunton Deane and Sedgemoor district councils, grants will be available to cover up to 25 per cent of the cost of having solid wall insulation installed up to a maximum value of £2,500 per household.

The funding will be available for fitting some types of loft and floor insulation.

CSE project manager Phillip Morris said: "With this scheme, we feel are able to reach out to people in these areas and give them real options for improvements."