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Home Energy Efficiency Scheme: Social Security Benefits

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many benefits entitlements checks were carried out under the Warm Front Scheme in each of the last five financial years; and how many households were found to be eligible for a Warm Front qualifying benefit following a benefit entitlement check, broken down by local authority area. (195128)

Data are not recorded in a manner that will allow a breakdown by local authority. The following table illustrates the number of benefit entitlement checks carried out over the last five financial years, and, based on the information provided, how many were subsequently found to be eligible for a Warm Front qualifying benefit.

Number of benefit entitlement checks carried out

Number subsequently eligible for Warm Front

2003-04

1,772

689

2004-05

16,771

5,347

2005-06

14,674

5,699

2006-07

22,761

9,607

2007-08

16,712

4,845

Total

72,690

26,187

The total number of benefit checks carried out only includes households found to be ineligible for assistance when presented to the scheme.

2007-08 figures cover work completed between 1 June 2007 and 1 March 2008.