Energy: Billing

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

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with the energy companies on the speculative increase that they are placing on direct debit payments to anticipate the increase in energy prices.

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

The Government is monitoring the increases in wholesale energy prices closely, and meeting regularly with Ofgem, suppliers and consumer groups to understand the future impact on consumers.

The Government has announced a rebate of £200 on energy bills from the autumn to help households deal with the unprecedented increase in energy prices. In addition, the Government has announced further support for delivery outside of the energy system to help with the wider cost of living, with a £150 payment for the 80% of English households in council tax bands A through D.

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