The Lagan Valley MLA stated: “I am pleased with the progress made in today’s meeting.
“Help the Aged recognise that these proposals could have the potential to make a difference for older people and they indicated that they would support such a scheme and refer people to it.
“There are many people like myself who still work and can manage without the winter fuel payments, so there should be a vehicle whereby people can put this money to good use and help older people who really need it to heat their homes.
“Northern Ireland is known for its generosity and I believe that I can help pioneer a project that other regions of the UK can learn from. I am planning to meet other organisations in the coming days to advance these proposals.”