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Warm Front Scheme

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households received assistance under the Warm Front programme in 2008-09; and how many households he estimates will receive such assistance in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11. (279459)

The following tables detail (a) the number of households assisted in 2008-09 and (b) the estimated number of households to be assisted in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

It is important to note that the estimates for these years are based on current, yet contingent information, including the available budget for these years—which may change. The estimates do not take account of the anticipated reductions in the costs of work which are expected as a result of the changes to scheme processes being enforced through the ongoing contract renegotiations with eaga which are not yet complete. A number of changes of this kind have been agreed, including the introduction of competition between installers for work which will drive down costs, meaning more homes than those quoted below may be assisted.

It is also essential to note that these estimates have been affected by the recent increase in the Warm Front grant maxima. While the uplift will lead to fewer homes being assisted, it also means that fewer of the homes that are assisted will be asked to make a contribution towards the cost of the work.

(a) Number of households assisted

2008-09

233,594

(b) Estimated number of households to be assisted

2009-10

215,000

2010-2011

91,100