MP urges Chancellor and Business Secretary to fix gaps in energy bills support
This morning, local MP Tim Farron has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, asking them to urgently address gaps in the Government's energy rebate scheme.
Currently, people who live in either a static home or caravan park are not entitled to receive the Government's £400 energy rebate, with the money instead going to the owner of the park whose name is on the bill.In the letter to Mr Sunak and Mr Kwarteng, Tim said: "It seems the Government is happy to accept that some of the most vulnerable in society and those on fixed incomes will miss out on the rebate, knowing this will impact people living on mobile homes or caravans on a permanent basis at protected sites.
"I am aware there has been an outcry from those affected right across the country for in most instances electricity, gas, and water are purchased through the site owners and they are the 'customers' of the utility companies, not the individual park home owners.
"I am sure this has been highlighted to both Treasury officials and civil servants at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Please don't let park home owners become like many of the self employed during the pandemic who fell through the cracks and were left out in the cold when it came to financial support.
"I urge you to act decisively and devise a system that allows individual park homeowners and not the site owner to receive this rebate."