HC Deb 02 July 2003 vol 408 cc277-8W
Dr. Iddon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps her Department is taking to encourage a wider take-up of warm front grants by pensioners; [120751]

(2) what measures her Department is taking to provide for better targeting of warm front grants towards those in fuel poverty. [120752]

Mr. Bradshaw

Warm Front is delivered through two Scheme Managers who have responsibility for marketing the scheme to eligible groups, including pensioners. The Scheme Managers work with a range of groups to reach older people who may be eligible for assistance through Warm Front. These include local community groups, national agencies and charities, Primary Care Trusts as well as targeted mailing of households.

As part of our review of Warm Front we are considering the current eligibility criteria and targeting of the scheme.