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Warm Front scheme: Disadvantaged

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the likely effect of the reduction of the annual funding for the Warm Front grant on the delivery of services to settlements of fewer than 10,000 people classified as (a) hard to reach and (b) hard to treat, with particular reference to the (i) waiting times for installation and (ii) the average amount customers will have to pay as a top-up. (191424)

No direct assessment has taken place, and DEFRA has no plans to do so in future.

However, Warm Front will continue to target properties that are difficult to reach and treat to enable them to benefit from the scheme. This includes those in settlements of fewer than 10,000 people.

As confirmed in the Government's 5th Annual Report on the UK's Fuel Poverty Strategy published in December 2007, funding for the Warm Front scheme for 2008-11 period will be just over £800 million.