Important news for off-grid gas customers

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The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Off-Gas Grid has today announced the launch of an inquiry into issues relating to fuels affecting off-grid constituents. 

The inquiry will follow on from the recent work on off-grid fuel poverty by the Energy and Climate Change Committee and the 2011 market study of the off-grid sector by the Office of Fair Trading.

The aim of the inquiry is to investigate the ways off-grid consumers are disadvantaged compared to mains gas users, the extent of this disadvantage, and methods for its alleviation.

Co-Chair of the APPG Therese Coffey MP said: “Four million households across the UK are not connected to the mains gas grid and are reliant on much more expensive heating sources. 

They struggle to heat their homes adequately, and cold homes raise the chances of illness or worse in winter.  Despite this, off-grid consumers do not enjoy the same protections as mains gas users, so this inquiry seeks to highlight the problems of fuel poverty they face. 

“We hope to suggest measures which will help the most vulnerable people to heat their homes.”

Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, added: “I am urging off-grid gas customers to get in touch with the inquiry to let them know about their experiences, particularly if they have been disadvantaged.”

The APPG is calling for interested parties to submit written evidence to the inquiry in response to the terms of reference which have been published today. 

The deadline for submissions is Friday 12th October.  Oral evidence sessions will be conducted in late October, and the APPG hopes to publish its report by early December.

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