Neil Parish MP took the opportunity during Parliamentary Questions on Energy and Climate Change to press the Secretary of State to ensure that the big six energy companies do more to help those customers in rural areas who are often on more expensive off-grid energy.
Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) (Con): Does my right hon. Friend agree that nobody suffers more than consumers in rural areas that are off grid? The ECO system was supposed to ensure that 15% of the funding went to upgrade hard-to-reach homes in rural areas, but the evidence on the ground is that the big six are unwilling to assist with supplying new oil-fired liquefied petroleum gas boilers. Given that energy bills are more than 50% higher in off-grid areas, will he raise the issue with the energy companies and ensure that all households can receive help?
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (Mr Edward Davey): My hon. Friend raises an interesting question. Almost all aspects of the energy company obligation are working well, but the rural sub-obligation—the bit he is referring to—is not working so well, and we are looking at how it can be improved.