Trevor Lunn MLA said: “I am very pleased that Phoenix is decreasing prices in line with a fall in the supply price. I cannot overstate the massive importance of gas companies passing on the price decreases to customers. This announcement ensures gas price prices will be lower than average standard tariffs in Ireland and Great Britain, and I hope that this downward trend continues.
“I would hope that Phoenix will explore all options in relation to extending the gas network more widely across Northern Ireland to give consumers more choice as regards their heating system. Currently almost 70% of people heat homes by oil and I believe that greater competition as regards available forms of heating can only be good news for the public.
“Fuel poverty is absolutely devastating particularly for older people who might face the terrible dilemma of whether to have heat or eat. Winter can be an awful time for older people and while this is very good news for households across Northern Ireland, government can and should do more on tackling fuel poverty.”