Matthew Cole, head of Fuel Bank Foundation, said:
“Today’s Budget is a win for common sense. Increasing the Energy Price Guarantee to £3,000 in April would’ve been catastrophic for millions of low-income households across the UK that would have seen the real term cost to heat their homes increase by 43 per cent.
“As a charity, this would have also had a major impact on the vital support we provide. We’re currently spending around £600,000 per week on emergency fuel vouchers for people who can’t afford to top up their prepayment energy meter. If the EPG increased to £3,000 our weekly spend would have been closer to £1 million, which isn’t sustainable in the long-term.