HC Deb 19 March 1985 vol 75 cc449-50W
Mr. Heddle

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish full details of his Department's energy saver scheme available to applicants in receipt of supplementary benefit.

Mr. Whitney

People eligible for supplementary benefit whose homes are draughty may be entitled to lump sum payments to buy materials for simple measures to reduce draughts. They may also be entitled to payments to buy hot water cylinder jackets. The normal rules for entitlement to single payments apply so that, for example, claimants with savings over £500 are expected to put the excess towards the cost of the items concerned. In addition, local authorities can give grants towards the cost of loft insulation through the homes insulation scheme.