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DUP MLA offers up her bank statements to prove she is not involved in RHI scheme

The DUP's Carla Lockhart has offered to allow reporters to see her bank statements to prove she is not benefitting financially from the RHI Scheme. Picture by Mal McCann

THE DUP's Carla Lockhart has offered to allow reporters to see her bank statements to prove she is not benefitting financially from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme.

The Upper Bann MLA made the offer during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee yesterday, during which she confirmed she has one relative who is a recipient of the heat subsidy scheme.

Ms Lockhart told the committee that her sister-in-law's husband had been a RHI recipient since 2014, but she had been unaware of that fact until January 2017.

She said as well as being unaware of her relative's involvement with RHI, she did not "help or assist with the application process".

"My mother and father have poultry farms and do not have RHI and I can let any journalist see my bank statements and they will see there's no benefit from RHI," she said.

Her comments came after committee chair Robin Swann asked for any member with an interest in the scheme to declare it.

In a statement earlier this week, Ms Lockhart also said: "I feel it is important to clarify that I was not an MLA in 2014 and therefore was not part of development of the scheme and was unaware as to how it ran.

"I was in no way involved in the application process and there is no indication of wrong doing on the applicants part."

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