Clarification needed on energy support payments for Northern Ireland, says Armstrong

Kellie Armstrong Cost of Living Energy

Clarification needs to be given on how people in Northern Ireland will benefit from energy support payments, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said.

The Strangford MLA was speaking after details were revealed regarding the £400 scheme in GB, which will be paid in six monthly instalments. However, Ms Armstrong said uncertainty remained what would happen in Northern Ireland, due to the lack of an Executive.

“With repeated energy company price increases, households are concerned how they will be able to afford to heat their homes this winter,” she said.

“The proposed £400 energy support scheme provided some hope for homes. But without a functioning Executive working to take decisions, we remain unclear as to how the support payments will be made here this autumn.

“Questions remain around issues, including if the money is paid to energy companies, how will the public see the benefit? Or will tenants who pay electric money to a landlord be able to see if it has been applied further?

“Northern Ireland is being left behind because of the lack of a government. The DUP needs to end its boycott, allow the formation of an Executive and let us gain clarity for these support schemes.”