The Green Party has called on the Northern Ireland Executive to consider extending the Boiler Scrappage Scheme to Northern Ireland.
South Belfast Green Party chairperson Adam McGibbon said: “As the cold spell continues and oil prices increase we must be concerned about fuel poverty, a Boiler Scrappage Scheme would help people save money on heating bills. In Belfast, 39% of households are in fuel poverty. Many, particularly the more vulnerable and elderly have to make the choice between heating their homes and eating. This should not be the case in a modern society.
“A Boiler Scrappage Scheme would be a crucial step forward in addressing the problem of fuel poverty, which is only going to get worse as fossil fuel prices continue to rise.”
A Boiler Scrappage Scheme currently being rolled out in England is offering up to £400 discount on energy efficient boilers.
Mr. McGibbon said: “This scheme will reduce household bills, greenhouse gases, fuel poverty, dependence on fossil fuels as well as providing a much-needed boost for the installer sector.”