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Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk of fraud being carried out by warm front contractors participating in the Warm Front Scheme. (166305)

Eaga plc, the Warm Front Scheme Manager, assesses the qualifications and financial probity of potential installers before they are contracted to work on the scheme. Once engaged in the scheme eaga plc performs regular audits on their performance.

DEFRA also employs independent quality assessors, who perform regular audits of Warm Front, to ensure that all elements of the scheme are being delivered to a high standard.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of people who have received a Warm Front grant who have been required to pay further costs on top of the grant. (166308)

Since June 2005, 535,882 households have received assistance through the Warm Front Scheme. Of these households 90,789 have been required to pay an excess, equating to 16.9 per cent. of those assisted.