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Housing: Insulation

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent insulating the homes of pensioners in each of the last 10 years. (250665)

[holding answer 26 January 2009]: Figures for the amounts spent on insulating pensioners’ homes are set out in the following table:

Spend on insulation for the over 60s under the warm front scheme in England and the home energy efficiency scheme (HEES) in Wales

Number of households assisted

Spend (£ million)

Warm Front

2005-2006

21,291

8.6

2006-2007

59,104

23.9

2007-2008

57,142

23.0

2008-2009

38,416

15.9

HEES(Wales)

2005-2006

n/a

n/a

2006-2007

4,695

1.8

2007-2008

7,541

3.1

2008-2009

3,360

1.4

n/a = No figures available

The supplier obligation, which began in 2002, led to an estimated investment of almost £2 billion between 2002 and 2008 in household energy efficiency measures. We estimate that energy suppliers invested around £800 million of this in a priority group of vulnerable and low-income households, including pensioners. Under the current three year phase of the obligation to 2011, known as the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT), we estimate suppliers alone will need to invest over £3.2 billion in household energy efficiency measures, £1.8 billion of which will be delivered to the priority group. However, Government have not made specific estimates for what proportion of the priority group spend by suppliers might be attributed to pensioners.