Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed the announcement of the Warm Home Discount Scheme but has pressed Ministers on how qualifying households who are ‘off-grid’ can benefit.
The scheme is intended to provide energy bill rebates worth £150 to over 280,000 low income and vulnerable households during winter, when they need it most.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“I welcome the introduction of this new scheme insofar as it goes. I have asked several times now in Parliament how the UK Government is going to ensure that ‘off-grid’ energy customers are not left behind in any schemes put in place to mitigate the increasing costs being faced by consumers.
“I therefore wrote to the Energy Minister upon the announcement of this latest scheme and, while he responded that those without a domestic electricity contract would not be eligible, the Minister confirmed that other options are being looked at for providing support to ‘off-grid’ customers.
“This is a positive statement and I shall be maintaining a watching brief on the issue to ensure that my constituents who fall into that category are not left behind.”
In a written response to Mr Thomson, Minister of State for Energy Greg Hands MP stated:
“I am grateful to you for raising this matter. The Government is aware that not all households have electricity provided through a domestic electricity supply contract. Households without a domestic electricity supply contract are not eligible for the Scheme and we are exploring options for other ways in which they might receive similar support.”