Poorly insulated homes mean families in West Berkshire paying millions more a year for their energy bills, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. 

The analysis shows that 15,000 homes in energy bands D to G across the borough have received poor efficiency ratings since 2008.  

These households pay an average of £931 more a year than those with a Band C rating, whilst those on the lowest energy efficiency ratings pay nearly £1,350 more a year. 

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In total, households in poorly insulated homes in West Berkshire are set to pay an estimated £14m more in energy bills a year, according to the Liberal Democrats.  

West Berkshire’s Liberal Democrats are calling for “an emergency programme to insulate our homes, bringing down bills and improving energy security”.  

The government’s target is for all homes to be Band C or better by 2035.