Energy: Billing

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, how many families with children in (a) North Devon constituency and (b) the UK are in debt to their energy companies.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Portsmouth, The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Ofgem closely monitors domestic energy suppliers’ performance and publishes information in relation to debt owed by domestic electricity and gas accounts holders in Great Britain, but they do not publish data relating to families with children or constituency areas. At the end of 2013, latest data available, 1.5 million domestic electricity accounts holders and 1.4 million domestic gas accounts holders were in debt to their energy supplier:

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/ofgem-publications/92186/annualreport2013finalforpublication.pdf.

(Ofgem’s Domestic Suppliers’ Social Obligations: 2013 Annual Report)

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