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Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Volume 686: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2020

Fuel Poverty and Energy Price Caps

The following is an extract from a Westminster Hall debate on 19 November 2020.

The hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich (Matthew Pennycook) was good enough to mention the warm home discount, which was not referred to in any of the speeches by SNP Members. Of course, the warm home discount that he was good enough to mention is a critical part of the Government’s fight against fuel poverty. It provides financial assistance to more than 3 million low-income and vulnerable households each winter, and each one of those households benefits to the tune of £140 a year roughly, which represents £3.5 billion of public money and is a significant contribution.

[Official Report, 19 November 2020, Vol. 684, c. 233WH.]

Letter of correction from the Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, the right hon. Member for Spelthorne (Kwasi Kwarteng):

An error has been identified in my response to the hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich (Matthew Pennycook).

The correct response should have been:

The hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich (Matthew Pennycook) was good enough to mention the warm home discount, which was not referred to in any of the speeches by SNP Members. Of course, the warm home discount that he was good enough to mention is a critical part of the Government’s fight against fuel poverty. It provides financial assistance to more than 2 million low-income and vulnerable households each winter, and each one of those households benefits to the tune of £140 a year roughly, which represents over £3 billion of direct assistance over the last 10 years and is a significant contribution.