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Firmus Gas Announces Another Price Hike

The sustained increases in global wholesale gas prices have forced Northern Ireland’s largest gas supplier, firmus energy, to announce increases to its natural gas tariff in the Ten Towns Network area of 16.31%. This increase will take effect from 3rd May 2022. Today’s announced change in tariffs will mean an extra £3.86 per week on […]

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Slap a Windfall Tax on Energy Companies Making Huge Profits-O’Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has said ‘more must be done’ to support workers and families with soaring energy bills. Speaking after the party met with Firmus Energy, the Upper Bann MLA said: “Spiralling global energy prices and rising living costs are placing a huge burden on already struggling workers and families.  “We have met […]

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O’Dowd Reiterates Call for Tax Cut on Energy Bills

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has reiterated calls on the British government to scrap VAT on energy bills to help families tackle the cost-of-living crisis. The Upper Bann MLA said: “Rising living costs and out of control energy prices are placing a huge burden on already struggling workers and families. “The British government should scrap […]

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Energy Payment Support Scheme Payment is Needed Now! – UUP

East Belfast Ulster Unionist Party MLA and Communities spokesperson, Andy Allen MBE, has called on the Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey MLA, to expedite the energy payment support scheme payment. Mr Allen said: “Yesterday (Thursday) the Department for Communities committee approved the statutory rule for the energy payment support scheme payment. “The statutory rule overview […]

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Boris and the Tories Must Scrap VAT on Energy Bills

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has said ‘extortionate hikes’ to gas prices are crippling workers and families.  Speaking after Firmus announced another 34% price in areas of the north this week, the Upper Bann MLA said: “News that Firmus are again set to increase gas prices by almost 34% is another huge blow to workers […]

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New Energy Scheme a Step Forward, But Working Households Need Support Too! – Lockhart

Local Member of Parliament Carla Lockhart has said the creation of a new £55m energy scheme by the Northern Ireland Executive is a welcome step to support those in fuel poverty but has called on the Communities Minister Deidre Hargey MLA to step up with support for working families who are struggling with the heating […]

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UUP Welcomes Additional Energy Support Package

East Belfast Ulster Unionist MLA, Andy Allen MBE, has welcomed the announcement of additional funding to provide intervention to households affected by soaring energy costs. Mr Allen said: “I welcome the announcement that the Executive have approved £55 million in funding to provide an energy support payment to households affected by soaring energy costs. “At […]

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Communities Minister Must Get a Grip on Fuel Crisis Support! – Lockhart

Upper Bann DUP MP Carla Lockhart has said the increasing frustration among the public at the application process for the Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme must be addressed by the Communities Minister Deidre Hargey MLA, and that her refusal to accept responsibility for the deficiencies in the scheme is failing people in urgent fuel need.  Carla […]

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£55 Million Energy Payment Support Scheme Announced

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced a £55 million Energy Payment Support Scheme for vulnerable people struggling to meet rising energy costs due to the global fuel crisis. A one-off payment of £200 will be made automatically to around 280,000 eligible people in receipt of specified benefits. The payment will be made through existing payment […]

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£2m Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme a Shambles – Aontu

Aontú Deputy Leader and Fermanagh South Tyrone rep Cllr Denise Mullen has lambasted the chaotic Emergency Fuel Payment Scheme. She stated: “When the Department of Communities announced the £2m crisis fuel fund in December to ease the burden of fuel costs on 20,000 vulnerable families, there was a sense of relief that at last something […]