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Sinn Féin table motion calling for action on rising energy prices

29 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has said that politicians must do more than just comment on rising energy prices.

Ms Anderson also called for all party support after tabling a Sinn Féin motion calling on the Executive to examine the full range of options to off-set the impact of energy and fuel price increases and to meet with the British Chancellor Alistair Darling to look at using increased VAT revenues to tackle fuel poverty.

Ms Anderson said:

"Increasing energy prices are having an impact right across our society. People on low incomes and fixed incomes, the working poor and people of middle range income are all feeling the pressure of increasing electricity, gas, coal and petrol prices.

"We now need to see political leadership and action from local politicians to address what is probably the biggest issue facing people today - the rising cost of living.

"This means we need a clear signal from the Executive that they willing and able to respond to these issues and a determination to challenge the British Treasury." ENDS

Note to Editors

Motion - Energy Price Increases

That this Assembly calls on the Executive to examine the full range of options to off-set energy and fuel price increases and tackle fuel poverty, including engagement with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential for the allocation of increased revenues through VAT on fuel and energy.

Jennifer McCann
Paul Maskey
Mitchel McLaughlin
Martina Anderson

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