§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what will be the maximum grant under the Homes Insulation Act during 1982–83; and what thickness of insulation it will cover.
§ Sir George Young
The elderly, and severely disabled, on low incomes can qualify for 90 per cent. grants under the scheme. For them the grant maximum is to be increased from £90 to £95. For everyone else the grant rate is 66 per cent. and the grant maximum is to be increased from £65 to £69. The appropriate order has been laid before Parliament today.
The required thickness of loft insulation materials are to be increased from the equivalent of about 80 mm of man-made mineral fibre mat to about 100 mm, to come into line with the building regulations requirement introduced on 1 April.
All these changes are to come into effect on 1 May.