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OP 6-09/10 Marshalled


Item 5: Order Paper 6 09/10– 29 September 2009

Private Members’ Business - Motions

Motion: Social Tariff System

That this Assembly calls on the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Department of Social Development to bring forward a proposal to the Utility Regulator, NIE Energy and Phoenix Gas to introduce a Social Tariff System to help people who are most vulnerable to fuel poverty.

[Mrs C McGill]
[Ms J McCann]
[Mr M McLaughlin]

The Speaker has selected the following amendment for debate:

Proposed: Leave out all after ‘Assembly’ and insert:

‘, being mindful of the alarmingly high levels of fuel poverty in Northern Ireland and the negative impact high energy prices have on the fuel poor, calls on the Minister for Social Development to work with her Executive colleagues to obtain an accurate assessment of actual need in respect of fuel poverty; notes that social tariffs could result in higher prices for a significant number of households and businesses; and urges consideration of a range of options to assist people most vulnerable to fuel poverty.’

[Mr S Hamilton]
[Mr D Simpson]