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Hanson Supports Action on Energy Bills

Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the new £1bn energy saving package.

From this week, everyone in Delyn will be eligible for at least 50% off loft and cavity wall insulation, with everyone on low incomes and all pensioners over 70 able to get these for free, and cold weather payments for the most vulnerable will be increased from £8.50 to £25 a week.

David Hanson MP said:

“We’ve all been hit by high energy prices, so I am determined that people in Delyn get as much help as possible to save energy and cut their bills. That’s why I’m backing a new £910m Government levy on energy companies that will mean people in Flintshire get much cheaper insulation.

“Thanks to the extra help this will provide, people could save as much as £250 to £300 a year, every year, on their fuel bills. Insulation is now free for pensioners over 70 and people on certain benefits, and is half price for everyone else. I think this kind of practical help will make a huge difference.

“So I’m asking all my constituents to call 0800 512 012, and ask what help is available for them.”

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Notes for editors:

1. Proposed new money from the energy companies and generators:

  • £910 million towards the National Home Energy Saving Programme – £560 million directly into the existing home insulation and energy efficiency programme (CERT) and £350 million for Community Energy Saving Programme.

New money from the Government:

  • An estimated £16 million for cold winter payments.
  • In addition £800 million was announced as part of the Budget deal (£575 million in winter fuel payments and an additional £225 million from the energy companies to be spent on their social programmes) which will bring the total new spending this winter to £1.8 billion.

2.  £300 pounds is an approximate figure saved through installing loft and cavity wall insulation plus replacement of all ordinary lamps with low energy lightbulbs, as well as switching appliances off standby. Based on estimated benefits to people on an average  tariff rate  in a standard three-bedroom semi detached house with a standard heating pattern and a mixture of gas (dominant) and electric heating.

3. The Community Energy Saving Programme is a proposed new legal obligation on the energy companies on which the Government will consult to achieve further investment in energy efficiency measures targeted on area based activity, particularly in areas of high deprivation. The aim of the programme would be to raise the take-up and efficient delivery of energy efficiency measures through street-by-street approaches.    We envisage area-based schemes being carried out through partnerships for example between local authorities, community organisations and social enterprises:

·         Some energy companies may wish to join or establish such partnerships; others may wish to sub-contract their obligation to them.

·        Warm Zones, EAGA and other organisations could be used.  In addition, suppliers could work through the Green Neighbourhoods Scheme.

4. The CERT (Carbon Emissions Reduction Target) scheme, which came into effect on 1 April 2008, doubled the previous obligation on energy companies to help people make their homes more energy efficient and reduce household carbon emissions.  Prior to today’s announcement the total investment required by the energy companies was around £2.8 billion over three years to 2011.  Today’s announcement about the intention to raise the CERT target by 20% increases this by £560 million.  On top of this the new Community Energy Saving Programme will require a further investment of around £350 million.  The total energy company contribution will therefore be more than £3.7 billion between now and March 2011.

5.  Those eligible to receive Cold Weather Payments are pensioners, disabled people and families with a child under five or a disabled child receiving Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, and income-related Employment and Support Allowance.