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Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the merits of including liquefied petroleum gas amongst the fuels eligible for funding under the Warm Front scheme. [302369]

Mr. Kidney [holding answer 30 November 2009]: The current Warm Front specification allows LPG systems to be repaired or replaced under the scheme.

The present regulations do not allow LPG systems to be installed as new measures. However, the Department is aware that LPG can provide a valuable alternative for many potential applicants, especially those in Park Homes, and is currently undertaking work to establish whether or not they should be included.

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much money remains to be disbursed from the Warm Front scheme in 2009-10. [302370]

Mr. Kidney [holding answer 30 November 2009]: The funding allocated for 2009-10 is set at £369 million. At the end of November 2009, scheme spend will stand at £308 million, leaving £61 million to be disbursed over the remainder of the financial year.

Warm Front Scheme: Disabled People

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will ensure that carers and parents of all children with disabilities are able to access funding from the Warm Front Scheme. [302122]

Mr. Kidney: Householders with a child under 16, in receipt of one or more of the benefits listed as follows are eligible for assistance under the Warm Front scheme.


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Householders in receipt of disability living allowance are eligible for assistance under the Warm Front scheme. However a disability living allowance award for a child in a household will not qualify for the Warm Front grant. A review of our fuel poverty policies is under way and part of its remit is to examine whether we can make existing fuel poverty policies more effective, including exploring whether we can more effectively identify and target assistance at the most vulnerable households.

Warm Front Scheme: Sunderland

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households within the
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City of Sunderland received assistance under the Warm Front programme in 2008-09; and how many such households he estimates will receive such assistance in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11. [301729]

Mr. Kidney: The number of households who received assistance in the City of Sunderland under Warm Front in 2008-09 is 1,651.

The number of households who have received assistance within the City of Sunderland under the Warm Front programme in the period 1 April 2009 until 31 October 2009 is 1,217.

Estimates are not compiled on an individual city or local authority basis and therefore figures are not available for the remainder of 2009-10 or the period of 2010-11.


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