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Stroud District Council strategy to offer thermal insulation

Stroud District Council (SDC) is launching a new scheme to combat climate change and fuel poverty with upgrades such as thermal insulation.

The strategy is planning to invest more than £5 million in supplying heating systems and energy-efficient measures to the 5,200 homes owned by the local authority, the Stroud News and Journal reports.

Due to take place between 2013 and 2018, the initiative is also encouraging tenants to change their gas and electricity consumption, in order to lower carbon emissions and bring down utility costs.

Councillor Simon Pickering stated that government policies and the poor state of the economy are to blame for the rise in fuel poverty.

He added: "We have a very radical carbon reduction programme and the new energy strategy meets the duel targets of reducing our carbon footprint and making it cheaper for tenants to heat their properties."

Householders are classed as being in fuel poverty when they must spend more than ten per cent of their income on heating.

According to Mr Pickering, local contractors will be asked to fit the new systems and thermal insulation to boost local employment.

Posted by Simon Webster