The Bishop of Gloucester received the following written answer on 5th September 2022:
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester asked Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to help households in rural communities move away from higher cost fuel sources for heating.
Lord Callanan (Con): The Government recognises that heating oil prices have risen steeply over the past year and has therefore set out a £37 billion package of support. This includes financial support which remains available for heating oil customers with energy bills, if eligible, through the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payment and Cold Weather Payment schemes.
The Government continues to believe it essential that heating oil consumers receive a fair deal. There is an open market for the supply of domestic heating oil in the UK as the Government believes this is the best long-term guarantee of competitive prices.