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Warm Front Scheme: Stroud

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent on the Warm Front programme in Stroud district in each year since its inception; and what other measures the Government have taken in Stroud district to (a) encourage greater energy efficiency measures and (b) reduce the level of fuel poverty. (309141)

The following table details the amount spent by the Warm Front scheme each year in Stroud since June 2005.

Warm Front spend

£

2005-06

180,242

2006-07

325,327

2007-08

347,282

2008-09

471,998

2009-101

617,018

1 Up to 30 November 2009.

The Government have a strong package of national programmes aimed at encouraging greater energy efficiency measures and reducing the level of fuel poverty. The combination of Warm Front, the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT), Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP), Decent Homes and local programmes delivered through local government, partnerships, energy suppliers, Eaga and National Energy Action (such as Warm Zones and the Community Energy Efficiency Fund) are all important in tackling fuel poverty and encouraging greater energy efficiency across England.

In December 2009, my Department announced the launch of the Home Energy Pay As You Save (PAYS) pilots. Stroud district council in partnership with Severn Wye Energy Agency will deliver a PAYS pilot project to householders within the Stroud area. The PAYS pilot will give households the opportunity to invest in energy efficiency and microgeneration technologies in their homes with no up-front cost. Householders will make repayments spread over a long enough period so that repayments are lower than their predicted energy bill savings, meaning financial and carbon savings are made from day one.