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Fuel Oil: Prices

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 139599, tabled on 14 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support households living off grid that rely on heating oil in the context of rising heating oil prices.

Answered on

22 March 2022

The supply of heating oil is subject to UK competition law and consumer protection through a regulatory scheme under the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). If residents are off the gas grid, but on a default tariff for their electricity supply, they will still be protected by the Energy Price Cap which continues to protect 15 million households.

In the longer term, improving the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings is vital to keeping household energy costs down and reducing carbon emissions, which is why the Government is driving £6 billion into making homes more energy efficient over the next ten years.