People diagnosed with a terminal illness face a spike of 75% in energy costs – making an incredibly difficult situation that much harder.
Last week I urged the Prime Minister to implement a social energy tariff for our most vulnerable.
In the Commons, I said: “Last month, Marie Curie told me that terminally ill people who want to die at home have been forced into hospitals to die because they cannot afford to heat their homes sufficiently.
“Will the Prime Minister meet me, Marie Curie and other organisations, including energy companies that are fully supportive of a social energy tariff, and try to find a way forward?”
But the Prime Minister refused to commit to a personal meeting.
The Prime Minister responded: ““We are working very closely with Ofgem to make sure that the most vulnerable households are protected, especially this winter, and, crucially, we are developing the priority services register that vulnerable households, including those that are disabled or face particular needs, can sign up to for free to receive extra help with their energy supplier, but as I said, I will ensure that the relevant minister meets with Marie Curie and the hon. Lady.”
Regardless, Marie Curie expressed thanks over the chance to discuss the issue with the relevant government minister.
Marie Curie runs hospices and provides expert help and advice for those who wish to die at home.
Watch my question here.