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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to ensure that households receiving assistance through the Affordable Warmth element of the Energy Company Obligation benefit from the most appropriate package of heating and insulation measures for their circumstances. [R]
The Affordable Warmth element of the Energy Company Obligation has been designed to ensure that suppliers will deliver cost-effective measures to help reduce heating costs to low income and vulnerable households.
Our analysis, set out in the impact assessment published alongside the response to the Green Deal and ECO consultation, indicates that obligated suppliers will focus on delivery of heating systems and basic insulation. Such measures will make the largest improvement in the ability of low income households to heat their homes effectively. The Affordable Warmth scoring mechanism recognises the impact of measures over their lifetime.
In addition, we are working to provide a referrals mechanism from the Energy Saving Advice Service to help eligible customers access assistance from suppliers.