Smith plea on heating oil

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Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, has called for more to be done to help those reliant on heating oil.

As a senior member of the influential Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, Sir Robert today part in the Committee’s inquiry into fuel poverty for those households who are not connected to the gas grid.

Sir Robert said: “Everyone who relies on heating oil has been impacted by high prices, but for those on low incomes, particularly householders who are elderly, it has been particularly tough.

“Mains gas suppliers are obliged by the regulator, Ofgem, to provide certain services such as advising householders on how to reduce their bills and how to insulate their homes. It is clear from the evidence received by the Committee today that changes need to be made to ensure that householders who rely on heating oil receive some of the same support.”

The Committee heard from a number of witnesses including the Office of Fair Trading, representatives of heating oil companies and organisations that work to relieve fuel poverty.

Sir Robert said that he will continue to focus on this issue and is keen to hear from constituents about their experiences with heating oil suppliers.