Calls to end off gas grid discrimination

Angus MP Mike Weir has called on the Westminster government to end the discrimination against Off Gas Grid consumers in the operation of the Energy Companies ECO schemes.

Mr Weir raised the matter at Scottish questions asking the Scotland Office to persuade their colleagues in the Westminster government to take action. Mr Weir said: “Rural consumers are so often forgotten in arguments over energy prices. The Energy Company Obligation is supposed to be technology neutral, but the major energy companies will not include LPG or Home Fuel Oil boilers within their schemes. This is surely discriminatory.”

Scotland Office minister, David Mundell, said that his department were considering a Ministerial Round Table to discuss Off gas grid issues, but Mr Weir said that was insufficient.

He added: “There is already a ministerial round table with department for energy and climate change, the department of work and pensions and others. I have attended their meetings and raised this issue, amongst others, but no action has been taken by government.

“The situation is getting worse since as part of their amendments to the ECO the Westminster government are reducing the obligation to help hard to heat homes, the very homes in rural areas who tend also to be off the gas grid.”