DUP focused on supporting those struggling with rising energy costs

North Down Assembly candidate Stephen Dunne has highlighted the DUP's focus on helping those struggling with rising energy costs. The proposals are part of the Party's five-point plan to build a better Northern Ireland, with a call for an Energy Support Payment, energy efficiency schemes and to make going green affordable for homes in Northern Ireland.

By Stephen Dunne MLA

North Down

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He said

"Families across Northern Ireland have been hit hard by spiralling energy bills over recent months. The DUP has a five-point plan to build a better Northern Ireland, and that includes help for working families

There is a real need for short-term actions which can deliver immediate assistance to families and that is why we are proposing an Energy Support Payment which can give immediate help to those struggling with fuel costs. Energy firms making record profits need to contribute to this on a UK-wide basis through a windfall tax.

In the longer-term energy efficiency schemes to support better insulated homes are necessary. Heat escaping from poorly insulated homes simply translates into money wasted. Improving insulation not only helps families but plays a role in cutting our overall energy usage.

Similarly, making the switch to alternative energy sources affordable can help both family budgets and our environment. The vast majority of people want to do whatever they can to help cut Carbon emissions, but they often cannot afford the significant investment that moving to some other energy sources require.

On 6th May we want to see Northern Ireland focused on schemes such as these rather than facing years of division and uncertainty because people are talking about a divisive border poll. By voting DUP people can ensure that Northern Ireland's future is one focused on the issues that matter to all of us."

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