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Insulation Grants

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what study he has made of the National Consumer Council reportindicating that it is difficult for low-income families to obtain insulation grants; what steps he is taking to make such grants more easily available to such families; and if he will make a statement.

We introduced changes to the homes insulation scheme and to its administration on 1 November to facilitate the take-up of grants by pensioners and others with low incomes. The survey of take-up carried out by the National Consumer Council, whose preliminary results were published on 20 December, ante-dated these changes by some weeks. We shall carefully examine the full results when they become available.