On 15th June 2015 the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, received two written answers from Government to questions about the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
Asked by The Lord Bishop of St Albans:
(1) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to providing eligible families with the Warm Home Discount automatically.
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: The Warm Home Discount scheme is established in regulations until March 2016. Recent changes to the regulations included the introduction of standard eligibility criteria to make it simpler for working families to access the scheme (under the so-called Broader Group).
(2) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of households eligible for the Warm Home Discount.
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: The Warm Home Discount scheme is established in regulations until March 2016. As set out in the fuel poverty strategy published in March 2015, the Government will continue to consider the role of energy bill rebates as a tool both for cost effective progress against the fuel poverty target and for alleviating the negative impacts of energy price rises in low income low cost households.