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Cheryl Ladding made this Freedom of Information request to Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

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Dear Office of Gas and Electricity Markets,
I would like figures for how much CESP funding has been delivered to the Hanover/Lansdowne scheme in particular.

As the administrative body, what are you going to do to address an 'unethical area of behaviour; the removal by LA's or ALMO's of Leaseholders grant funding?

This is a weakly legislated,non transparent area where funding can be abused and not be delivered to the end recipient. This is contrary to all localism, govt and euro funding criteria.

What mechanism will you put in place to ensure this does not occur?
Which department do Leaseholders Nationwide need to contact to verify if grant funding has been awarded for their property?

Do you feel a vulnerable group,(leaseholders) has been overlooked and have been left vulnerable to corporate inaccessibility and a lack of honesty and accountability with regard to grant funding?

The energy companies are not renowned for ethical behaviour, and now if Councils have to self fund, does your body feel they should monitor this situation with far more transparency and vigour?

Yours faithfully,

Cheryl Ladding

Edda Dirks, Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

Dear Ms Ladding

Thank you for your email received 4 July 2012 requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Our responses to your queries are as follows:

1. I would like figures for how much CESP funding has been delivered to the Hanover/Lansdowne scheme in particular.

As we understand it, you use the term ‘CESP funding’ to refer to payments from a CESP obligated supplier to, in this case, a housing provider for the purpose of installing energy efficiency measures. Ofgem does not receive information about these payments. Therefore Ofgem does not hold the requested information.

2. As the administrative body, what are you going to do to address an'unethical area of behaviour; the removal by LA's or ALMO's of Leaseholders grant funding?

As we understand it, you use the term ‘grant funding’ to refer to payments from a CESP obligated supplier to, in this case, a housing provider for the purpose of installing energy efficiency measures. You assert that, in this case, the benefit of the payment should be passed from the housing provider to the housing tenants and you suggest that this does not happen in all cases. As I understand it, you ask what Ofgem intends to do to ensure that the benefit of payments is passed from housing provider to housing tenant. Ofgem does not have statutory power to prescribe the way in which housing providers pass the benefit of CESP payments, from suppliers, on to tenants.

3. This is a weakly legislated, non transparent area where funding can be abused and not be delivered to the end recipient. This is contrary to all localism, govt and euro funding criteria. What mechanism will you put in place to ensure this does not occur?

As we understand it, you ask whether Ofgem will put in place a mechanism to regulate the way in which housing providers pass the benefit of CESP payments, from suppliers, on to tenants. Ofgem does not have statutory power to put in place this kind of mechanism.

4. Which department do Leaseholders Nationwide need to contact to verify if grant funding has been awarded for their property?

As we understand it, you ask whether there is a government department or other public body that is able to provide members of the public with information about whether a housing provider has received payments from a CESP obligated supplier for the purpose of installing energy efficiency measures. We are not aware of a government department or public body that has the function of recording this information. We confirm that Ofgem does not record whether payments pass from a CESP obligated supplier to a housing provider in the course of installing energy efficiency measures.

5. Do you feel a vulnerable group,(leaseholders) has been overlooked and have been left vulnerable to corporate inaccessibility and a lack of honesty and accountability with regard to grant funding?

Please clarify the recorded information that you are seeking with this request.

6. The energy companies are not renowned for ethical behaviour, and now if Councils have to self fund, does your body feel they should monitor this situation with far more transparency and vigour?

As we understand it, you ask whether Ofgem intends to monitor the way in which housing providers pass the benefit of CESP payments, from suppliers, on to tenants. Ofgem does not have statutory power to monitor the way in which housing providers pass the benefit of CESP payments, from suppliers, on to tenants.

If you are unhappy with the decisions made in relation to your request you may ask for an internal review. You should contact me via Ofgem’s FOI inbox, [Ofgem request email], if you wish to complain.

http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/About%20us/trans...

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

If you have any queries about this response, please contact me.

Kind regards

Edda Dirks
CESP Manager
Business Opportunities
9 Millbank
London
SW1P 3GE
Tel: 020 7901 0513
www.ofgem.gov.uk

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