Bob Ainsworth is concerned that the number of households that received assistance from the Warm Front Scheme over the last two financial years has plummeted in the Coventry local authority area and in Coventry North East constituency.
The figures, which emerged in response to a parliamentary question asked by Bob, show that in Coventry North East constituency there was a 56% decrease in the number of households benefiting from Warm Front assistance between 2009-10 and 2010-11 and a 58% decrease between 2010-11 and 2011-12. In the Coventry local authority area there was a decrease of 61% between 2009-10 and 2010-11 and a 57% decrease between 2010-11 and 2011-12.
The table below shows the number of households assisted in Coventry and Coventry North East constituency in each of the last five years:
|Coventry local authority||2,070||1,687||649||275||60||7,291|
|Coventry North East constituency||886||723||317||133||23||2,960|
|(1) Figures up to 30 June 2012|
“It is disappointing to see such a massive drop in the number of eligible households receiving assistance with their heating and insulation through the Warm Front Scheme.
“With soaring energy bills contributing to a cost of living crisis that is affectingthousands of households in Coventry, it is clear that the Government should be making every effort to ensure that homes are more energy efficient in order to reduce household bills.
“Instead, this Government is so out-of-touch that when families are facing record energy bills, it has cut help for people trying to do the right thing and make their homes more energy efficient.
“There are already around 26,000 households in Coventry living in fuel poverty and there is a real concern that this number could increase because of the cuts introduced by this Tory-led Government”.
The Warm Front scheme installs insulation and heating improvements to make homes more energy efficient. Qualifying households can get improvements worth up to £3,500.