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Fuel Prices

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the recent price increase on solid fuel in Northern Ireland on fuel poverty among elderly people. (81856)

While the number of elderly households who rely on solid fuel to heat their homes has reduced significantly in recent times, the 6.4 per cent. price increase will have an impact on those who rely on this type of fuel. The Department for Social Development and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive will continue to take action to mitigate the impact on elderly people through the provision of insulation measures and energy efficient central heating systems under the Warm Homes Plus Scheme and by providing financial assistance through the benefits system and the winter fuel payments scheme and by the Housing Executive’s heating replacement programme.