Gap in energy support scheme

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley is urging on the UK Government to ensure that no one loses out on the support of the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

A gap in the scheme means that hundreds of UK residents who live in static accommodation within residential parks won’t receive the £400 grant as they are not considered direct domestic energy customers.

Many households in residential parks pay their energy bills to the park owner who in turn has an account with an energy supplier. As a result, they will not receive the grant which will be administered through energy suppliers.

Ms Crawley has written to business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng MP calling for the government to make sure residential park home residents receive the same level of support as everyone else.

In response, the government have said they will assess the approach for domestic energy customers who don’t already qualify for the scheme.

It is estimated that around 250,000 people live in residential park homes in the UK, many of whom pay their energy bills directly to the park owner.

Commenting, Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley said:

“Several of my constituents who live in static accommodation within residential parks have contacted me with concerns that they will not be supported by the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

“As they pay their energy bills to the park owner and not directly to an energy supplier, they will lose out on the £400 grant while second and third home owners will be as much as £1,200 better off.

“It is vital that the UK Government take steps to ensure the thousands of residents living in static accommodation across the country – many of whom are retired – receive the same support that is being offered to everyone else.”