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Leonard proposes increased Council fuel help for winter

9 September, 2008

Sinn Féin's Billy Leonard has proposed that Coleraine Council gives more money to schemes that help people with their fuel bills. His proposal was made as Council debated a £10,000 donation to the 'Warmer Ways to Better Health' scheme at last week's Council meeting.

Council has given this amount in each of the last two years to this multi-agency effort to ease the burden of high fuel prices.

Cllr Leonard said:

"This winter will see some people literally choosing between fuel and food and recent falls in the price of oil will not dramatically change the position.

"Council can only give limited funds but I feel that we should be giving more than we have in recent years as the position this time around is drastically more difficult. Our contribution and assistance to other schemes are vitally important so we must go the extra mile.

"Council's Director of Environmental Health is to examine ways of maximising the impact of an increased contribution and I am sure we can then channel more funds to more people.

"Naturally I would feel confident that my Council colleagues will support this move." ENDS

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