GILBERT RAISES CONCERNS OVER COST OF DOMESTIC HEATING OIL
Stephen Gilbert, the MP for mid-Cornwall, yesterday raised concerns about the recent increases in the cost of domestic heating oil during a Parliamentary debate in the House of Commons.
The debate was looking at ways the Government could help prevent people falling into fuel poverty - measured as spending more than 10% of their income on heating their homes.
Mr Gilbert said:
"The cost of domestic heating oil has soared by over 90% in recent months and is placing a real strain on households who use it to heat their homes.
"I've asked the Government to ensure that off-grid energy users, like the thousands of people in a rural area like Cornwall that use domestic heating oil, are included in the review of fuel poverty that the Government is undertaking and I am pleased that the Minister said they would be.
"There's no doubt that across the world the cost of energy is going up but we have to do all we can to prevent people from facing the unacceptable choice of having to decide whether to hear their homes or eat."