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Insulation

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the average installation charge levied on householders for (a) cavity wall insulation and (b) full loft insulation was by councils participating in a British Gas council tax discount scheme for energy-saving measures; (128658)

(2) what the average payment made to householders participating in a British Gas council tax discount scheme for energy-saving measures was in 2005-06; and whether such payments (a) reflect the council tax banding of the property, (b) are one-off or repeated payments and (c) are paid by cheque or by council tax bill credit.

On the basis of the British Gas press release on 12 March, I understand that the average installation charge levied on householders participating in the British Gas council tax discount scheme for insulation measures is £250 for cavity wall insulation and £274 for full loft insulation.

The average payment to householders participating in the scheme for insulation measures across the 44 current participating local authorities in 2005-06 was between £50 and £100, averaging £61.

British Gas or the appropriate local authority can provide further information on the further details of the scheme.