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Warm Home Discount Scheme

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster Conservative, Milton Keynes North

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people (a) nationally and (b) in Milton Keynes unitary authority area have participated in the warm home discount scheme.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Warm Home Discount Scheme launched on 1 April 2011 and covers Great Britain. It will run for four years until end March 2015. The total number of people who have been supported in 2011-12 is not yet known, but an estimated 2 million people are expected to be helped and the scheme will be worth up to £250 million this year.

Help will be provided in four ways, through:

The Core Group—this will provide energy supplier funded rebates (worth £120 in winter 2011-12) on electricity bills for people who receive pension credit guarantee credit only and meet some other eligibility criteria. Over 600,000 rebates are expected to be provided this winter.

The Broader Group—this will provide energy supplier funded rebates (worth £120 in winter 2011-12) on electricity bills for a Broader Group of low income and vulnerable people determined by each energy supplier and agreed with Ofgem.

Continued help via existing social or discounted fuel tariffs. This will decrease over each year of the scheme as the number of people receiving a rebate in the Broader Group grows.

Support through industry initiatives carried out by the energy suppliers to provide support to tackle fuel poverty other than direct discounts on energy bills e.g. debt help lines or the provision of energy advice for low income and vulnerable consumers. These will be approved by Ofgem in line with the scheme requirements.

Regional or, unitary breakdowns are not available.

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