Off-grid oil and gas prices

Heating bills for the 32% of Borders homes not connected to the mains gas network are twice the price of mains gas, and their bills continue to rise while others fall.

Borders MSP John Lamont has highlighted the price discrimination faced by 16,700 Borders households who are supplied by off-grid oil and gas and is calling for both suppliers to pass on savings to customers and for more homes in the Borders given the option of connecting to the mains gas supply.

His call comes after analysis by the independent House of Commons Library showed that the average cost of heating a typical three bedroom house with LPG gas is twice the price of mains gas.

Mr Lamont said: “I have been contacted by a number of residents who rely on off-grid oil and gas who are concerned about their heating bills. While mains gas suppliers are announcing price cuts, off-grid suppliers seem reluctant to pass on savings to customers.

“Residents who are off-grid are paying as much as double what they would be if they were connected to the mains.

“The UK Government has announced a £25 million fund for the installation of central heating for off-grid households and is working with the industry on a new code of practice.

“With a third of the Borders off-grid, this is clearly a major issue and many residents feel they are being short-changed.”