The Department of Social Development’s (DSD) current energy efficiency scheme “Warm Homes” provides energy efficiency measures for householders who receive certain qualifying benefits and own or rent their home from a private landlord. It successfully supports around 9,000-10,000 households per year.

This report by the Consumer Council details an alternative approach similar to Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire to provide free insulation to all suitable homes through an ‘area-based’ approach.