Consultation outcome

Warm Home Discount: Flexibility for higher spending

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Government response: Warm Home Discount flexibility

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Warm Home Discount: proposals to introduce greater flexibility - Impact Assessment (IA)

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Detail of outcome

The government’s response to the Warm Home Discount consultation confirms the initial proposal. Subject to the agreement of Parliament, we will amend the Scheme Regulations in order that suppliers can spend 34% above their non-core spending obligation in 2013/14 and thereby reduce their non-core spending obligation in 2014/15.

This change will lead to more low income vulnerable households receiving £135 rebates off their electricity bills this year than would have been the case otherwise.

Original consultation

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Summary

Consultation on a proposal to allow participating energy suppliers to spend more money on the Warm Home Discount in 2013/14.

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Warm Home Discount: Flexibility for higher spending

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Warm Home Discount: proposals to introduce greater flexibility - Impact Assessment (IA)

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Consultation description

This consultation is on a proposal to allow participating energy suppliers to spend more money on the Warm Home Discount this scheme year (2013/14) than they are currently required to spend. We are proposing to change the scheme Regulations to give these suppliers the flexibility of spending up to 34% more this year on their non-core spending than the £100m they have been instructed to spend in total and, by spending more, to reduce their non-core spending obligation for 2014/15.

This simple measure is intended to result in more fuel poor households receiving assistance under the scheme this year. It does not introduce new requirements but allows suppliers to help more low income and vulnerable households while also helping to reduce delivery risks.