Warm Home Discount Scheme

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero written question – answered at on 20 November 2023.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the eligibility criteria for the Warm Home Discount Scheme.

Photo of Amanda Solloway Amanda Solloway Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

The Government has reformed the Warm Home Discount in England and Wales to provide more rebates automatically and better target households in fuel poverty, who have low incomes and live in homes that are costly to heat. The Department’s official statistics for winter 2022/23 show that 95% of eligible households received an automatic rebate.

A three-year evaluation of the scheme will consider how successful the targeting is and the experience of beneficiaries.

In Scotland, low-income working-age households apply to their energy supplier for a rebate, which may set their own eligibility criteria, subject to approval by the scheme administrator, Ofgem.

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