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Warm Front Scheme

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will introduce a mechanism to reduce the cost of work undertaken under the Warm Front scheme. (249844)

DECC is currently in negotiations with the Warm Front Scheme Manager, Eaga plc, about improvements that can be made to the current contract to deliver the scheme. A number of changes have now been agreed to the service procurement and delivery arrangements, including opening up the scheme to greater competition through liberalisation of both the equipment and installation supply chains, leading to improved value for money.

Further details of these new arrangements will be announced in due course.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many pensioners have received a Warm Front grant in each year since the introduction of the scheme. (270152)

The table indicates the number of householders over 60 who have received assistance from the Warm Front Scheme since the scheme’s inception in June 2000, although figures for 2000-05 show an incomplete total.

Number of Warm Front grants to applicants 60 or over

2000-011

45,764

2001-021

119,145

2002-031

75,493

2003-041

75,805

2004-051

89,209

2005-06

93,990

2006-07

148,175

2007-08

160,978

2008-09

132,964

1 Figures for 2000-01 to 2004-05 are solely for the geographic areas of the scheme managed by Eaga. Data on the areas managed by Powergen during this period are not available.