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Minister welcomes progress on energy payments scheme

Northern Ireland Executive
26 Aug 2022, 21 GMT+10

Following today's meeting with the Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, the Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has welcomed the UK Government's agreement to deliver the much needed Pound 400 energy support scheme.

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons

The Minister said: 

"I have said for some time now that the quickest and simplest way to deliver a scheme of this scale is to do it on a UK wide basis.  This ensures that this vital support reaches people's pockets at the earliest available opportunity.

"Only today an additional announcement on energy price increases has been made, which further reinforced my view that time was not on our side to produce a bespoke local solution. Such a solution would have added complexity and potential delay, something that I would not be prepare to stand over.

"My Department will continue to work with the UK Government to secure further support measures to help all those impacted by energy costs and cost of living pressures."


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