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Sinn Féin calls on Executive to explore ways of minimising effects of oil and energy costs

2 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Economic Spokesperson, Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) has called on the Executive to explore ways of minimising the effects of the massive increase in the costs of home heating oil, natural gas and now electricity.

Mitchel McLaughlin said:

"I would urge the Executive to explore ways of reducing the effects of recent and proposed energy price increases. While energy costs food and every other essential continue to escalate, wages and benefits do not reflect the increase in the cost of living.. The cumulative effects of these are that the most vulnerable in our society, especially the elderly and single parents are feeling the brunt of these increases.

"We have experienced a particularly long spell of cold weather recently with the result that more of our people are suffering from fuel poverty. Many elderly are faced with the unenviable choice of 'eat or heat'. This is unacceptable. It is a responsibility of government to protect the vulnerable in society and I believe that the Executive needs to show leadership and be proactive in finding ways to off-set the worst effects of fuel poverty." ENDS

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