To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many households in Moray constituency qualify for grant aid under the home energy efficiency scheme; and how many homes have been improved under the scheme since its inception in 1991.
In order to be eligible for grant under the home energy efficiency scheme, an applicant or his or her spouse must he in receipt of one of five passportable benefits: housing benefit, income support, family credit, community charge benefit and disability working allowance. In addition, his or her property must meet certain criteria concerning existing levels of insulation and receipt of a grant for similar work under previous schemes. Data on numbers of households eligible in any particular area at a particular time are not available.Figures for the number of homes treated under the scheme are not collected on a constituency basis. Within the network installer area which contains the hon. Member's constituency, 1,245 homes have benefited from HEES grant since 1 January 1991.