HC Deb 08 February 1979 vol 962 c249W
Mr. Madden

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he is satisfied with the present arrangements for the electricity discount scheme.

Dr. John Cunningham

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 5 February 1979; Vol. 962, c. 4], gave the following further information:

The groups eligible for help under the electricity discount scheme are people receiving supplementary benefit or family income supplement who should already have received a £5 payment towards fuel costs with their benefit for the week beginning 22 January. They also qualify for a discount on the winter quarter electricity board bill based on meter readings due between 1 January and 31 March 1979–1 February to 31 March in the South of Scotland. The discount is 25 per cent. of the amount by which the bill exceeds £20. People receiving rate or rent rebate or rent allowance also qualify for the discount but not the £5 payment.

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