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Warm Front Scheme

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many Warm Front installations there have been in each of the last five years; what the cost to the public purse of such installations was in each such year; how many such installations have been undertaken by eaga and its subsidiaries in each such year; and at what cost. (256068)

The number of households assisted by Warm Front in each of the last five years was as follows:

Households assisted

2004-05

208,084

2005-06

173,184

2006-07

253,079

2007-08

268,900

2008-091

181,897

1 To January 2009.

The budget allocated by the Department to Warm Front in each of the last five years was as follows:

£ million

2004-05

166

2005-06

192

2006-07

320

2007-08

350

2008-09

395

When eaga won the competitive tender to deliver Warm Front across all of England in 2005, they agreed with the Department that up to 30 per cent. of scheme capacity could be undertaken by eaga's in-house contractors. The cost and percentage of scheme capacity completed by eaga's in-house contractors since this role was assumed in 2005 has been:

2005-062006-072007-082008-09

12 months

12 months

12 months

10 months

Total cost of measures (£)

111,490,172

180,722,278

221,727,693

184,933,404

Measures delivered by eaga inhouse capacity (£)

12,039,141

41,820,582

66,250,397

54,954,419

Percentage of work

11

23

30

30

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the proportion of successful applicants to the Warm Front scheme who topped-up the grant with funds from other sources in the latest period for which figures are available. (266079)

[holding answer 24 March 2009]: The latest period for which figures are available is April 2008 to February 2009. These figures are as follows:

Scheme year 2008-09

Number

Households assisted

211,920

Households where a client contribution was paid

41,586

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the percentage of successful applicants to the Warm Front scheme who were in fuel poverty in the latest period for which figures are available. (266080)

[holding answer 24 March 2009]: According to the English House Condition survey of 2006, at least 25 per cent. of all vulnerable households eligible for the scheme were fuel poor. It is likely, however, that many of the residual number may have otherwise fallen into, or have been near falling into fuel poverty, as a result of gas and electricity price increases in 2007 and 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications were made for grants under the Warm Front scheme in each year from 2000 to 2008. (266081)

[holding answer 24 March 2009]: Prior to 2005, the scheme was managed in separate areas by Eaga and Powergen TXU and consolidated figures are not available for this period. The number of applications made since the start of the current phase of the Warm Front scheme in 2005 are as follows:

Scheme year

Total applications to Warm Front

2005-06

195,876

2006-07

336,666

2007-08

388,326

2008-091

301,529

Total

1,222,397

1 To 28 February

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 9 March 2009, Official Report, column 59W, on the Warm Front scheme, what estimate he has made of the number of eligible households which are classified as being in fuel poverty. (266768)

According to the English House Condition survey of 2006, at least 25 per cent. of all vulnerable households eligible for the scheme were fuel poor and approximately 3.3 million households were eligible for assistance. Given these figures, the Department estimates that approximately 825,00 households eligible for the scheme at this time were fuel poor. It is likely, however, that many of the residual number may have otherwise fallen into, or have been near falling into fuel poverty, as a result of gas and electricity price increases in 2007 and 2008.