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Low Carbon Buildings Programme

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many grant awards have been made under the domestic stream of the Low Carbon Buildings programme in each month since its inception. (199374)

Grant awards made each month under the domestic funding stream of the Low Carbon Buildings programme since its inception are shown in the following table:

Month

Number of grant awards

May 2006

389

June 2006

161

July 2006

509

August 2006

512

September 2006

402

October 2006

1078

November 2006

1051

December 2006

346

January 2007

266

February 2007

199

March 2007

191

April 2007

May 2007

299

June 2007

290

July 2007

240

August 2007

201

September 2007

213

October 2007

193

November 2007

196

December 2007

118

January 2008

234

February 2008

181

March 2008

174

There has been a decline in the number of grant awards being issued since the changes made at the re-launch of the household stream in May 2007, when amongst other measures, a pre-requisite to seek planning permission prior to applying for a grant was introduced to reduce the number of speculative applications being received. However the quality of applications being received to the programme is much improved with fewer offers being withdrawn or expiring now than at any time during the life of the programme.

More recently we have announced that the household funding stream will remain open to new applicants until the funds are exhausted or to June 2010, whichever comes sooner. With the £2,500 cap per household, we believe this provides a simple and fair way of allocating funds to householders across all technologies and to increase the number of installations, which is an important aim for this demonstration programme. We believe with the extension, we will see increased take up, supported by easing of planning requirements implemented in April.