Energy Bills Rebate: Voucher Schemes

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero written question – answered on 3 July 2023.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, if he will take steps to extend the expiry deadline of 30 June 2023 by which existing electricity vouchers issued to pre-payment customers were due to be used.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Minister of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)

In Northern Ireland, electricity suppliers have been providing a £600 payment to domestic contract customers since January, with this Scheme closing on 30 June. The design of the scheme and the nature of the electricity market has meant that voucher redemption has been very successful. Redemption rates rapidly rose to in excess of 90% shortly after launch.

The Department worked with suppliers, consumer groups and charities in Northern Ireland to publicise and raise awareness of the voucher deadline to ensure all eligible households redeemed their vouchers, right up until the end of the Scheme.

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