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The green deal still has big gaps to plug

As the evenings grow cooler, what better time to launch the biggest transformation of the nation's draughty housing stock ever attempted? The government's "green deal", which begins on Monday, aims to plug the gaps in 14m of Britain's leaky homes, making them cosier, cheaper to heat and producing less climate-heating carbon emissions. Yet severe doubts are swirling around the programme like a bitter winter wind, some even whipped up by the government's own analyses.