Britain’s Next Green Tax Scandal: 1.5 Million Homes Blighted By Damp

  • Date: 22/01/17
  • Ben Ellery, Mail on Sunday

More than 1.5 million homes have been left blighted by botched cavity insulation work carried out to meet Government energy targets, experts say.

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Properties across Britain have suffered dampness and mould, causing smells, crumbling plaster and stained walls. In some cases, the value of homes has plunged.

The Government scheme was meant to make homes more energy-efficient but some owners say their bills have increased since having the cavity wall insulation work done

The scheme, funded by a ‘green tax’ on household gas and electricity bills, was meant to cut emissions and reduce charges by making homes more energy-efficient.

But experts claim that many homes were simply not suitable for ‘retrofitting’ cavity wall insulation, while others were in parts of Britain where weather conditions should have precluded its use.

Millions were persuaded to sign up to the scheme by the promise of cheaper bills from call-centre staff and door-to-door salesmen employed by energy firms obliged to meet Government targets.

A survey of 250,000 properties by thermal-imaging company IRT found the addition of cavity wall insulation to existing homes had failed to work in a quarter of cases and problems in half the homes it surveyed. Some owners even saw bills rise.

With more than six million properties having had the treatment since 1995, this suggests that as many as 1.5 million are affected.

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