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Government called upon to introduce insulation law

A coalition of 15 organisations has called upon the government to introduce a law that will make it illegal to rent out homes that have poor heating insulation.

Charities and consumer groups such as Friends of the Earth and Age UK have expressed their concern over elderly and vulnerable people being put at risk by properties that have either no thermal insulation or very little.

Dave Timms, climate campaign for Friends of the Earth, explained setting energy efficiency standards would help protect renters from "high fuel bills and ill health, while creating jobs, saving the NHS money and cutting carbon emissions".

The alliance voiced its opinions in a statement to energy secretary Chris Huhne on Friday (September 17th) and commented that almost one in five tenants cannot afford to adequately heat their home.

According to the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group's 2009 report, there are three million rented properties in the UK.