Energy: Prices

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 11th February 2022.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he plans to take steps to ensure that people who claim benefits receive full relief on the increase in their energy prices.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Government meets regularly with Ofgem, energy suppliers and consumer groups, and works with suppliers to support vulnerable consumers to save energy and reduce their bills.

The Warm Home discount provides over 2 million households a £140 rebate off their energy bill each winter, and there are plans to increase it to £150 and help an extra 780,000 households. Moreover, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments help ensure the most vulnerable are better able to heat their homes over the colder months.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer also recently announced a £200 rebate for households delivered via their energy bill this autumn, paid back automatically over the next 5 years, a £150 non-repayable reduction in Council Tax bills for all households in Bands A-D in England and £144 million of discretionary funding for Local Authorities to support households who need support but are not eligible for the Council Tax reduction.

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