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Fuel Poverty

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent to raise awareness of fuel poverty in (a) Lancashire and (b) the UK in each of the last three years. (234272)

[holding answer 10 September 2008]: Owing to the diverse and multifaceted approach taken in raising awareness of fuel poverty, it is not possible to provide accurate figures of the type requested.

While we do not have figures which reflect the total spend on raising fuel poverty awareness, since 2000, the Government have spent £20 billion on fuel poverty benefits and programmes. Action to raise awareness of fuel poverty has been carried out by a range of Government Departments, co-ordinated by DECC and its predecessor Departments through a variety of media. This includes the cross-government “Keep Warm Keep Well” campaign providing vulnerable people with information on the health benefits of keeping warm in winter.

Alongside the work of these Departments, awareness of fuel poverty is raised through delivery agencies and local partnerships working alongside Eaga plc. (who manage the Warm Front Scheme), local authorities, energy suppliers and National Energy Action, the fuel poverty charity and its subsidiary company Warm Zones Ltd.