Green Party NI calls for Executive to take action to tackle fuel poverty

October 21, 2021 1 min read

Green Party NI calls for Executive to take action to tackle fuel poverty

The Green Party NI Leader has called for the Executive to take action to tackle fuel poverty this winter.

Clare Bailey MLA said: “Yesterday I met with the CEO of the Utility Regulator, John French, and heard first-hand how energy prices in Northern Ireland are set to soar yet again. This is a stark reminder that basing our energy supply on fossil fuels doesn’t just impact the climate crisis, but it is now exacerbating the cost of living crisis as well.

“Combined with the removal of the Universal Credit uplift, this means that many will be facing a tough winter. The five-party Executive should now step up and take the urgent action needed to ensure that no families are forced to choose between heating and eating this Christmas.”

Commenting on today’s revelation that proposals to extend welfare mitigations in Northern Ireland have been blocked from being discussed by the Executive 39 times, the South Belfast MLA said: “This is yet another example of how the five-party Executive has failed Northern Ireland. Time and again, the Executive parties have just delivered us deadlock and inaction, as the most vulnerable continue to struggle. The people of Northern Ireland deserve better.”

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