MP, South Down
MP, South Down
Margaret Ritchie never rebelled against their party in this parliament
The Minister has clearly stated that her officials meet Northern Ireland Executive officials to discuss fuel poverty and fuel poverty objectives. What specific issues have been discussed in the recent past between her officials and officials in the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland about the mitigation of fuel poverty?
I was delighted to secure this very important debate on the extension of the warm home discount scheme to Northern Ireland. I am pleased that the Minister is in her place to respond. The rate of fuel poverty is higher in Northern Ireland than in any other part of the UK, representing 42% or 294,000 homes, with the figure rising to 62% for elderly people. I would like to outline the extreme...
I may be able to explain that later in my speech, but suffice it to say that Northern Ireland is the only region to which the scheme does not extend and in which there are particular market conditions. Our climatic conditions are probably similar to those in Scotland, and we have similar levels of fuel poverty, but the war home discount scheme extends to Scotland and not to Northern Ireland....
Social Democratic and Labour Party MP for South Down, Former Social Democratic and Labour Party MLA for South Down
Entered House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election
Entered the Assembly on 26 November 2003 — General election
Left the Assembly on 31 March 2012 — Resigned
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