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PHOJC is happy to post this important petition for the Park Home Policy Forum.
PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
Member of Parliament for Worthing West
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 0207 219 5060 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Secretary of State
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1, Victoria Street
London SW1H OET
I write in connection with Government’s Energy Bills Support Scheme (the grant) announced by the Chancellor on 3rd February to help domestic energy customers with the cost of rising energy bills and the inclusion of park home households in the scheme.
I note the consultation on the technical proposals for the grant concluded on 23rd May and presently your department is analysing replies with Government’s response expected later this summer.
You will agree, park home residents are among the poorest and most vulnerable in society and as energy consumers need urgent financial help and support to meet their household energy costs, in line with non-park home households.
Government recognises that households without an individually assigned energy account do not benefit from the same consumer protections as households with one.
I ask that this anomaly be addressed as your department works assiduously to develop secure mechanisms for the distribution of the grant that will include park home households.
Contrary to Government’s intended purpose for the grant, according to founder of the Park Home Owners Justice Campaign Sonia McColl OBE, ‘many park home residents are concerned that site owners, who are invariably the energy account holder on behalf of park home residents will either receive the grant in their personal capacity, or not pass the grant in full to each park home household’.
Where this is the case, I trust your department will ensure park home households will benefit fully from the scheme.
By way of a comparable, park home households rightly benefitted from the Warm Home Discount that was strongly supported by the former Minister of State for Energy, Baroness Neville-Rolfe who you will recall said:
‘It’s great news that this scheme is now accessible to a broader range of people, which isan important part of our work to support low income and vulnerable households’.
As a minority group, park home residents must not be forgotten.
Sir Peter Bottomley MP
Father of the House
Co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Leasehold and Commonhold Reform
Vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Park Homes
AND STILL MORE MP's support for our call for the £400 energy grant. Please see Dr Ben Spencer MP's letter to the Chancellor on the link below.