Mark has welcomed new confirmation from Ministers that park home residents will be eligible for payments under the Government's £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS).
Millions of households across Great Britain will receive non-repayable discounts on their energy bills this winter. The £400 discount, administered by energy suppliers, will be paid to consumers over 6 months (with payments starting from October 2022) to ensure households receive financial support throughout the winter months.
Those with a domestic electricity meter point who pay for their energy via standard credit, payment card and direct debit will receive an automatic deduction to their bills over the 6 month period – totalling £400.
On many park home sites, the site owner is the energy account holder and collects payments from residents for their energy use. This has led to concerns that the £400 payments would be paid to the park home owner and not to the park home residents.
Mark wrote to the Ministers for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ask how they will ensure that park home residents in Shropshire receive the £400 support.
In response, Greg Hands, Minister of State for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change, said "On 29 July, the Government confirmed that further funding will be available to provide equivalent support of £400 for energy bills for the 1% of households who will not be reached through the EBSS. This includes those who do not have a domestic electricity meter or a direct relationship with an energy supplier, such as park home residents."
In response, Mark told the Shropshire Star, "This is reassuring news for Shropshire's many park home residents. I am pleased that the Government recognises their special circumstances and is putting in the work to make sure that park home residents do not miss out on support with energy bills this winter."