Pensioners should be exempt from paying the 5 per cent fuel duty on home heating oil.
That was the conclusion of boilerjuice.com, the price comparison website.
Paul Ward, the website’s director, said although the amount might appear small, it could make a real difference to the ability of an elderly person to put their heating on during cold spells.
“We estimate that cutting the fuel duty on home heating oil for pensioners would benefit thousands of older people who would otherwise be a risk from cold-related illnesses,” he said.
Mr Ward said that many of the UK’s one and a half million households - which had no access to the gas network and which rely on oil deliveries - were struggling to afford the cost of the oil used to heat their homes.
According to the sites most recent figures, yearly bills rose by an average of £300, bringing typical costs up to £970. Boilerjuice believes the average household spends £650 a year on main gas.