MP calls for fuel bill support

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Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith, speaking in the House of Commons, has called on the Government to support poorer people in rural areas who are dependent on expensive fuels such as oil and liquefied petroleum gas.

He told ministers that the Government should put extra effort into those rural areas where poorer people predominantly live in solid-wall, stone-built properties where, because they are off the gas grid, they are dependent on expensive fuels.

Gregory Barker, Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, replied: “The coalition has put new emphasis on tackling the deep problem of fuel poverty in rural areas.

“We are looking at this with renewed vigour and will come forward with further improvements to our fuel poverty schemes to ensure they reach those who need help in rural areas.”

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