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Attwood riding two horses on Fuel Poverty

14 March, 2011 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has stated the Social Development Minister Alex Attwood is riding two horses when it comes to announcement of funding to tackle fuel poverty.

Speaking today Mr Brady said:

“This is a welcome announcement and will go some way to helping those who are currently in, or facing, fuel poverty. The increased prices and excessive duty placed on fuel, in particular oil, has added a huge burden to households across the north.

“With the Minister announcing £127m to tackle fuel poverty over the next four years, a measure which Sinn Féin supported, the reality of the situation is that if Alex Attwood had gotten his way last week, when voting against the budget at the Executive, this money would not have been available.

“Alex Attwood is now riding two horses as the SDLP wish to stylise themselves as the unofficial opposition in the Assembly while at the same time reaping the benefits of the Budget which they opposed.“

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