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Warm Front Scheme

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what mechanisms are in place to ensure that Warm Front contractors are providing value for money. (242477)

The prices for Warm Front measures have been set through a competitive Official Journal of European Union tendering process. Installers in each region provided independent quotations for each installation type-service available on the scheme and the most economically advantageous quotes were selected. Prices are harmonised at a regional level to reflect regional price variations and to ensure fairness.

In 2007 the Government commissioned an independent audit looking at whether Warm Front prices provided value for money, this is available on the DEFRA website. The report found that Warm Front delivers heating systems at significantly below the wider market rate.

Warm Front is currently undergoing a new round of installer retendering, to select contractors who will work on the scheme from June 2009. As in the previous tendering exercise, the price offered by applicants will be a key determinate in whether their bid is successful.