Warm Home Discount Scheme

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 18th June 2012.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people who were on social tariffs in 2010-11 did not receive support under the Warm Home Discount Scheme in 2011-12.

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

Energy suppliers are required to report on their spending under the Warm Home Discount scheme to Ofgem at the end each scheme year. Once this information has been verified and audited, Ofgem will produce a report which will detail the number of customers assisted with social and discounted tariffs under the legacy spending element of the Warm Home Discount scheme.

The structure of the Warm Home Discount scheme in 2011-12 allowed energy suppliers to continue to provide the same type of support to consumers at a similar level of spending to that in 2010-11, the final year of the previous voluntary scheme. Where energy suppliers have chosen to spend less in 2011-12 on legacy forms of support, including social and discounted tariffs, they are required to increase their spending on providing rebates to the Broader Group at a level set by Government. In 2011-12 this was £120.

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