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'Penalties' for non-green homes

Government advisers are calling for higher council tax and stamp duty to be imposed on householders who fail to make their homes greener, it has been reported.

Environmental pressure group the UK Green Buildings Council, which is drawing up proposals for the Government, advocates penalising people who do not have double glazing or insulation, according to the Daily Mail.

It says the moves would be introduced alongside “green mortgages” under which homeowners can apply for loans to spend on efficient boilers or solar panels.

An announcement on the proposals is expected from climate change secretary Ed Miliband in the autumn.

Critics fear such plans will see the removal of period features, such as sash windows.

Matthew Sinclair, of the TaxPayers Alliance, told the newspaper: “It is absolutely shocking that the Government is still threatening new bogus green taxes when taxpayers are already paying a fortune in higher prices for their electricity, gas and petrol thanks to ineffective global warming policies.

“There is no evidence the public aren’t already deploying cost-effective efficiency measures.”