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Fuel Poverty

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent estimate is of the number of households in fuel poverty as a result of the costs arising from heating properties to the temperature required to manage disability and related long-term medical conditions. (314576)

It is not possible to say how many people were fuel poor solely due to the cost of heating required to manage a disability or medical condition.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce the level of fuel poverty in Torbay constituency. (314608)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change is responsible for national programmes aimed at reducing 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 NEA (such as Warm Zones and CEEF) are all important in tackling fuel poverty across regions of England.

The Warm Front Scheme is the Government's main scheme for tackling fuel poverty and up to 28 January 2010 has delivered energy efficiency measures to 5,781 households in Torbay constituency since the year 2000. Additionally, 282 benefit entitlement checks have been undertaken between 2003 and the end of November 2009, identifying an average weekly increase in income of £26.97 for those entitled to additional benefits.

The Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) requires energy suppliers to meet at least 40 per cent. of their obligation by promoting and installing measures in the homes of a priority group of vulnerable consumers in receipt of qualifying benefits or people aged over 70 years. Measures are only reported at GB level and details at constituency level are not available.