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Rural households 'cold, damp and forgotten'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

Warning: David Heath

Warning: David Heath

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A Westcountry MP has warned of rural households being left "cold, damp and forgotten" as energy prices spiral.

David Heath, Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome, told ministers in the Commons that people living in the countryside often have "old houses with solid or rubble-built walls, and very often in areas of water incursion".

He said during Energy Questions: "We cannot benefit from dual fuel tariffs, and we often rely on liquefied petroleum gas or fuel oil, which is cripplingly expensive.

"May I just remind him that people in rural areas have no ambition to be cold, damp and forgotten?"

In response, energy minister Michael Fallon said rural dwellers have "certainly not been forgotten", and pointed to a new a code of conduct to clamp down on sharp practices of off-grid energy suppliers and possible new protections for heating oil users.

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  • usedtoberich  |  December 16 2013, 2:17PM

    His idea of improving heating efficiency is encouraging beard growing! I like the look of smart home products and applications like HeatGenius but some assistance from the government would also be nice as not everyone can afford these type of things.

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  • nickthompson  |  December 03 2013, 5:09PM

    Well Heath, your party is in power, ever considered doing something about the situation, for the £66,738 we pay you, plus all your expenses ?

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  • nickthompson  |  December 03 2013, 5:04PM

    Well Heath, your party is in power, ever considered doing something about the situation, for the £66,738 we pay you, plus all your expenses ?

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  • nickthompson  |  December 03 2013, 5:01PM

    Well Heath, your party is in power, ever considered doing something about the situation, for the £66,738 we pay you, plus all your expenses ?

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