A national programme to insulate every home in the country should be launched by the Government and financed by energy companies – according to the Local Government Association (LGA).
The LGA predicts the move would lift half a million people out of fuel poverty.
Cllr Paul Bettison, chairman of the LGA’s Environment Board, said: “What we need is a comprehensive drive to insulate every home in the country, cutting carbon emissions and lifting people out of fuel poverty long term, but this should not be financed by a new tax. Energy companies should match pound for pound what consumers already pay towards combating climate change.
“If these firms made the same contribution as householders we could insulate 10 million homes, take £2 billion off energy bills and lift 500,000 people out of fuel poverty. The cut in bills would be the equivalent of a penny off the standard rate of income tax and would help people manage rising costs.”