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Action by the government that could bring down the costs of heating homes in rural Worcestershire has been welcomed by local MP Peter Luff.
Peter said,

“Thousands of my constituents are not on the national gas grid – even in villages close to Worcester city – and I’m receiving increasing numbers of complaints about the rapidly rising price of the heating oil and LPG used in their homes. These increases appear to outstrip by a long way the rises in gas and electricity prices.

“I’ve been trying to persuade the Office of Fair Trading to take their concerns seriously – and also their complaints about the dubious business practices of some suppliers. I am delighted the government – who I have also been in touch with on this issue – has now taken up my campaign for fairer treatment of families off the grid.”

In a statement to Parliament today, Charles Hendry MP, Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, said,

“...I have written to the Office of Fair Trading asking it to bring forward its competition and consumer study into off-grid energy. In addition, I have asked the Office of Fair Trading if the study could explore the longer term consumer issues such as lifetime payback, consumer standards and labelling for alternative energy sources or supplies. Such a study would provide an independent assessment of the off-grid market and establish what further action may be necessary to ensure it works properly.”


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