HC Deb 31 July 1978 vol 955 cc109-10W
Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he will announce his proposals for another fuel rebate scheme for next winter; and whether he will extend it to a wider range of categories.

Mr. Benn,

pursuant to the reply [Official Report, 26th June 1978; Vol. 952, c. 374], gave the following further information:

The scheme under which help was given to low-income groups last winter will be repeated next year. Consideration is being given to the possibility of extending the coverage of the scheme to other low income groups in addition to recipients of supplementary benefit and family income supplement who benefited last winter, and consultations are taking place with organisations concerned, including the local authorities and the unions. A further announcement will be made as soon as possible.

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