Firmus Energy price drop will aid ‘vulnerable’

Gas consumers in east Antrim are to benefit from a “significant” price drop announced by Firmus Energy.

According to the Consumer Council, more than 50,000 households and small businesses in Greater Belfast will see savings following the company’s decision to decrease its prices by 12% from April 16, 2020.

Paulino Garcia, head of energy policy at The Consumer Council, said: “This is the second Firmus Energy price decrease in Greater Belfast since last summer and represents a reduction of £66 on the typical annual gas bill.

“This will be especially welcome for those in vulnerable circumstances, as the average weekly discretionary income in Northern Ireland is £119 per week, which is approximately £100 lower than in the rest of the UK. It now means that all natural gas consumers in the Greater Belfast area will see a significant price drop during April.”

The Greater Belfast network area includes Belfast, Lisburn, Bangor, Holywood, Donaghadee, Groomsport, Millisle, Newtownards, Carryduff, Comber, Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, Larne and East Down.