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Low Carbon Buildings Programme: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the budget for the low carbon building programme was in 2007-08; and what proportion of this budget has been spent. (196382)

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) phase 1 has a £36 million budget over three years. We did not set yearly allocations. For the 2007-08 tax year we have currently spent £5.1 million, including management fees.

Phase 2 of the programme has a £50 million budget over three years and we did not set yearly allocations. From April 2007 to the end of February 2008 we spent £1.3 million, including management fees. The total of grants allocated on phase 2 in this period was £7.4 million.

Recent changes to LCBP and planning requirements should help to boost uptake. All technologies under LCBP phase 2 will now receive 50 per cent. grant funding. This will make it a more affordable option and enable more organisations to take part. We have also extended the length of time householders have to apply for grants through to June 2010 for the remaining £10 million funds. In addition, from 6 April 2008 we will be relaxing the planning rules to make it easier for householders to install microgeneration technologies.