Insulating a loft [Image: Centrica/British Gas].

It is another demonstration of our useless Tory government’s lack of mental agility that they haven’t even considered this.

Perhaps it is because they have a blind spot when it comes to what they see as ‘freebies for the plebs’ – they don’t want poor people to benefit from their spending, even if it brings other costs down significantly.

Perhaps the fact that this idea came from a right-wing think tank, Policy Exchange, may help change ministers’ minds.

In the meantime, we can probably ascribe the government’s lack of comment to embarrassment.

Bringing the UK’s ageing homes into the 21st century should be a key infrastructure priority, ministers have been told.

The government is consulting on a multi-billion pound plan for roads, rail, flood defences and energy.

But opposition parties and institutions have told BBC News that home energy efficiency is equally important.

Unless homes are insulated, they say the UK will miss targets to end fuel poverty and cut carbon emissions.

The plan to make home energy efficiency a key infrastructure priority was proposed by the right-leaning think-tank Policy Exchange (PX).

BBC News found wide support, including from Labour, Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru, the CBI, TUC, the union GMB, the left-leaning think-tank IPPR, the all-party parliamentary group Green Alliance, the World Energy Council, the Institution of Civil Engineering and leading energy academics.

The government declined to comment but its advisory body the National Infrastructure Commission said it would consider whether to take the idea further.

Source: Tackle cold homes, ministers told – BBC News

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