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Fuel Poverty: Cancer

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has considered providing support to cancer patients in fuel poverty to find the most appropriate tariff for their energy supplies.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The eligibility criteria and type of support provided within the Warm Home Discount scheme were considered in the Warm Home Discount consultation and accompanying impact assessment. These documents, together with the Government's response are available via:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/consultations/warmhome/warmhome.aspx

This year I am aware that a number of energy suppliers are working with Macmillan Cancer Support under the industry initiatives section of the Warm Home Discount scheme to provide support to cancer patients in fuel poverty and I fully support these initiatives.

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