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Home Insulation (Pensioners)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his pre-Budget statement of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 613W, by what means pensioners not in receipt of pension credit can gain access to financial assistance with the costs of home insulation; how much he has allocated to this scheme; who is responsible for administering the scheme; how many pensioners have so far taken up this entitlement; and if he will make a statement. (69612)

I have been asked to reply.

In the pre-Budget announcement of 5 December 2005, the Chancellor announced a significant financial boost to help tackle the issue of fuel poverty in the UK. As part of this announcement, the Chancellor pledged £300 towards the cost of a new central heating system for any pensioner household not eligible for Warm Front assistance. Detailed arrangements for the delivery of this element of the Scheme, which will be delivered by the Warm Front Scheme Manager Eaga Partnership, are being finalised ready for implementation this summer.

While these payments will only support the provision of central heating, a range of assistance is also available for homeowners wishing to insulate their homes. Information is available from Energy Efficiency Advice Centres or via the Energy Saving Trust Website at:

http://www.est.org.uk/