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Heating: Older People

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 14th March 2016.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment she has made of the availability of grants which are accessible to elderly people for the replacement of storage heaters.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Grants may be available locally. The Government supports the replacement of heating systems with renewable heating alternatives through the Renewable Heat Incentive, a tariff-based scheme.

The Affordable Warmth Obligation, which is part of the Energy Company Obligation, provides heating (e.g. replacement or repair of a boiler or electric storage heater) and insulation measures to consumers living in private tenure properties that receive particular means-tested benefits. This obligation supports low income consumers that are vulnerable to the impact of living in cold homes.

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