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Energy: Low Incomes

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what methods he plans to use to apportion the £150 million increased expenditure on social assistance agreed with energy suppliers to address fuel poverty amongst customers of the six major suppliers. (204853)

[holding answer 12 May 2008]: Energy suppliers offer a range of initiatives to help the vulnerable including social tariffs, rebates and trust funds. Following the three year voluntary agreement signed with each individual energy supplier, Ofgem is leading a process to set the parameters for what can be included by suppliers as part of this spend on their social programmes. Ofgem is planning to consult on this issue shortly.