Fuel Poor Should Not Have To Pay More

in Energy

Low-income energy consumers should get fair treatment.  That was the call made today by Mrs Joan Whiteside, Chairman of the General Consumer Council.

Speaking at the NEA Northern Ireland Annual Conference in Derry/Londonderry, Mrs Whiteside said that less well off consumers faced particular difficulties in being able to pay for the warmth that they need. "In paying for fuel - as with most commodities - the greater your income, the greater will be your chance of getting a better deal. This puts the fuel poor in an even worse position." Mrs Whiteside said she wanted to see a much broader debate by all interested parties in the energy arena and continued: "The time is right to start thinking of different ways of helping the less well off energy consumer. In particular, I believe that the low-income consumer should not have to pay more than the well off consumer for the same product."

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