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The Scottish Executive Central Heating Programme: Assessing Impacts on Health

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SECTION 2 OUTLINE OF THE SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE CENTRAL HEATING PROGRAMME ( CHP)

The Scottish Executive Central Heating Programme ( CHP), which was introduced in 2001, is a scheme to provide central heating systems and a package of related measures to households in Scotland which meet certain qualifying criteria. During the period covered by the evaluation (November 2002 to March 2006), those eligible to receive heating under the CHP were:

a) tenants in the social sector (local authority or housing association) whose home lacked any form of central heating system; and

b) households in the private sector in which the head of household (or her / his partner or spouse) was aged 60 or over, and whose home either lacked any form of central heating or contained a central heating system which was broken beyond repair 5.

Under the Programme, qualifying households were eligible to receive:

a) an efficient and modern central heating system (from a choice of gas, electric, oil or solid fuel)

b) insulation (where possible - cavity wall fill, lagging of boiler and pipes, loft insulation, draft exclusion measures)

c) if appropriate - safety alarms (carbon monoxide detector, a smoke alarm and a cold alarm)

d) advice on energy use and the option of receiving a benefit entitlement check.

Fuller details of the Programme are given in the Annual Reports published by the Scottish Executive. Two such reports are currently available, covering respectively the periods 2001-2 [1] and 2003-4 [2]