Rosebank won’t help people in fuel poverty

Simon Francis, coordinator of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition, commented:
“Hidden in the small print of the deal is that this project can only go ahead thanks to a massive tax break the Government is giving to international oil and gas giant Equinor.
“Households struggling with their energy bills will be shocked that the new Energy Secretary has chosen to hand a multi-billion pound tax break to this Norwegian firm, rather than help people in the UK suffering in fuel poverty.
“This sum alone could have provided much needed additional support to help disabled households, those living off the gas grid and the elderly.
“The Government’s major drive to keep the country hooked on fossil fuels will be for little reward. Figures show that more North Sea production will only give us an extra year of domestic gas, which will be charged to struggling households at global market prices.”