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House of Commons Hansard
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26 November 2009
Volume 501
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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department plans to spend on the Warm Front Programme in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12, (d) 2012-13 and (e) 2013-14; and what estimate he has made of the (i) proportion of such expenditure to be incurred in England, (ii) the carbon savings to be achieved, (iii) the number of properties affected and (iv) the number of jobs created from such expenditure in each year. [300475]

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[holding answer 23 November 2009]: The allocated budget for this spending round has been set at £959 million (2008-11).The actual spend for Year 1 (2008-09) was £395 million, while the planned spend for financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11 is £369 million and £195 million respectively. Budgets for future years will be considered as part of the next spending round.

Warm Front does not operate in the devolved Administrations and thus all scheme expenditure will be incurred in England.

The Carbon Reductions reported for the scheme are based on figures calculated by the external energy analysis company, the Energy Audit Company, using property data collected by the Scheme Manager. Calculations for total carbon savings achieved under Warm Front are calculated annually at the end of each year, as such, the process does not yield projected estimates for incomplete or future years. The last period for which figures are available is 2008-09 (the last complete scheme year) when the scheme reported an average reduction on 1.233 tonnes per household assisted. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) on 12 November 2009, Official Report, column 677W, for further information on carbon savings under Warm Front.

The scheme aims to assist over 205,000 households this year, with a current estimate of 90,000 in 2010-11. This reduction in numbers is a result of £50 million of scheme funding being brought forward from the 2010-11 budget in order to assist vulnerable households sooner. It is not possible to make estimates for future years as budgets have not been set.

Given the length of the scheme's supply chain, it is difficult to estimate the number of jobs that Warm Front creates. At the 2008 pre-Budget report, the Government announced that £3 billion of capital investment would be brought forward from 2010-11 to 2009-10 to support a number of different industries and sectors through the economic downturn. This included a green stimulus of £535 million, which included £100 million, in new funding for Warm Front and £50 million brought forward from 2010-11. The Prime Minister announced that total public sector capital investment was expected to create or support 100,000 jobs across the country this year.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people aged (a) under and (b) over 60 years in each (i) region and (ii) local authority area (A) were offered a Warm Front grant, (B) were required to pay a top-up to a Warm Front grant and (C) declined a Warm Front grant in each of (1) the last 12 months and (2) the last five years. [300733]

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I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 2 April 2009, Official Report, column 1365W. The numbers of applicants (a) under and (b) over 60 years of age in each (i) region and (ii) local authority area who (A) were offered a Warm Front grant and (B) required to make a contribution to the cost of works since 2005 were placed in the House Library in April 2009. At this time, Eaga did not record the number of applicants who did not proceed (c).

However, Eaga has now undertaken work to consolidate the number of applicants who did not proceed according to (i) region and (ii) local authority area for the last five years. These figures have been placed in the House Library in a spreadsheet that also includes the number of those aged (a) under and (b) over 60 years in each (i) region and (ii) local authority area were (A) offered a Warm Front grant and (B) required to make a contribution to the cost of Warm Front work in (a) the last five years and (b) in the last 12 months.

However, the numbers of those not proceeding in the last 12 months cannot be consolidated until the end of 2009-10 Scheme Year. I will ensure that these figures are placed in the House Library as soon as they are available.