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Warm Front Scheme: Disabled People

Volume 501: debated on Tuesday 1 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will ensure that carers and parents of all children with disabilities are able to access funding from the Warm Front Scheme. (302122)

Householders with a child under 16, in receipt of one or more of the benefits listed as follows are eligible for assistance under the Warm Front scheme.

Income support

Council tax benefit

Housing benefit

Job seeker’s allowance (income-based)

Pension credit

Income-related employment and support allowance

Householders in receipt of disability living allowance are eligible for assistance under the Warm Front scheme. However a disability living allowance award for a child in a household will not qualify for the Warm Front grant. A review of our fuel poverty policies is under way and part of its remit is to examine whether we can make existing fuel poverty policies more effective, including exploring whether we can more effectively identify and target assistance at the most vulnerable households.