UUP Call on Communities Minister to Urgently Bring Forward a Fuel Poverty Support Package

East Belfast Ulster Unionist MLA, Andy Allen MBE, has called on the Communities Minister to present plans in days, not weeks, to help those devastated by the increased cost of living following further announcements of Gas price hikes.

Speaking as Firmus Energy announced a 38% price rise – the third increase this year – Andy Allen, who sits on the Department for Communities Committee at Stormont, said:

“A recent Ulster Unionist Party motion calling for urgent action to be taken to address the energy cost increases and to provide a winter emergency fund, received support from all parties and I very much welcome this.

“During the debate the Minister for Communities stated that she was working with her officials to develop proposals to support those facing severe financial hardship. I now call on the Minister to proactively bring forward a support package that will provide relief and assistance to those who are facing the unacceptable choice between heating and eating this winter.

“There is no time to waste, families and individuals are facing a very challenging winter and they need support urgently.”


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