To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what estimate he has made of the number of people who receive qualifying benefits and have had to reduce their energy usage following the decision to include high energy costs in the payment eligibility criteria.
The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) does not hold information about the number of households in receipt of benefits or their eligibility for payments. The Department for Work and Pensions may hold that information.
DESNZ has provided support to all households to help them with the cost of energy through the Energy Price Guarantee and Energy Bill Support Scheme. Government support for the average household has totalled £1,300 over winter 2022/23.