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Warm Home Discount Scheme

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) core group and (b) broader group households will receive rebates for (i) Year two, (ii) Year three and (iii) Year four of the Warm Home Discount scheme.

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

In year two, we estimate that around 1.16 million core group and 360,000 broader group rebates of £130 will be provided. The final numbers for year two will be published in Ofgem's annual report in autumn 2013.

On 14 February, I notified Ofgem of the non-core spending obligation for year three of the scheme. The non-core spending obligation, which includes the broader group, is £100 million, based on estimated core group spending of £200 million. Our figures suggest that in year three the scheme will provide around 1.48 million core group and at least 348,000 broader group rebates of £135.

We included an estimate of spending for year four in the original scheme impact assessment. This suggested that around 1.36 million core group and 643,000 broader group rebates of £140 would be provided in that year. However, the scale of year three core group spending indicates that there may be higher spending on the core group in year four than originally estimated, with a corresponding reduction in non-core spending.

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