From The BBC:
Gordon Brown has agreed a package of measures with the big energy companies aimed at helping people with soaring gas and electricity bills.
It includes half price insulation for all households and a freeze on this year’s bills for the poorest families.
But not everyone will benefit.
Iris Hudson, 68, is one of the losers of today’s announcement.
She and her husband, 71, both retired art lecturers, live in a Victorian terraced house in Fulham, west London.
Under the government scheme, all over-70s qualify for free assistance to help improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
However due to the age of her property, Iris’ walls are solid and as a result are more difficult and more expensive to insulate than more modern cavity walls.
Add to this that her loft doubles as an art studio and has no real scope for insulation.
“The government should be prepared to arrange alternative ways of helping a house like this which isn’t capable of being insulated in a way that they’re…
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