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Thermal insulation programme for poor households to face revision

Policies regarding thermal insulation for vulnerable households are set to be reviewed under the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) spending refocus.

As revealed in the comprehensive spending review, the DECC will be funding a smaller Warm Front programme over the next two years.

The budget will stand at £110 million for 2011-12, while it will reduce to £100 million for 2012-13.

From 2013, homes offered support in heating and thermal insulation will be dealt with under the Green Deal.

This will look to increase the responsibility of energy suppliers in helping vulnerable individuals with the costs of energy bills.

Chris Huhne, energy and climate change secretary, said: "Like the rest of the public sector we have taken some tough decisions, but we remain on course to deliver on our promise to be the greenest government ever."

The DECC's recent Annual Report on Fuel Poverty Statistics 2010 revealed that in 2008, there were around 4.5 million fuel poor households in Britain, up from four miliion the previous year.