The new mandatory scheme will replace the previous voluntary agreement with energy suppliers to provide better focused help to vulnerable consumers. Over the four years of the scheme to 2015, the Warm Home Discount will be worth up to £1.1bn and projected to help around two million households per year.
A consultation is being launched focusing on the detailed structure of the support scheme, including proposals for who should be eligible for assistance and how they will be targeted.
Chris Huhne said:
“Warm Home Discount does exactly what it says on the tin, in providing money off vulnerable households’ energy bills to help them afford their heating. We’re requiring energy companies to do this by law, but first we need to get the detail right. Warm Home Discount is a practical way to provide tangible financial help on energy bills to more of the most vulnerable.”
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