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Fuel Bank Foundation calls for more Government support in response to energy price gap announcement

August 25, 2023

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Energy regulator Ofgem has today (Friday, 25 August, 2023) announced a further reduction in the energy price cap for the last quarter of 2023 (Oct to Dec).

From 1 October – 31 December, the cap will be set at an annual level of £1,923 for a dual fuel household paying by direct debit based on the current typical domestic consumption values (TDCV) rate and £1,949 for PPM customers.

Responding to the announcement, Matthew Cole, head of Fuel Bank Foundation, said: “Although the reduction of the energy price cap to £1,923 is welcome relief, it is still considerably higher than the £1,277 households were paying at the start of 2022 and approximately double pre the energy crisis.

“As a result, for the average home with a prepayment meter, the cost of topping up this winter will be circa £250 per month. For families who use more than average, often because their homes aren’t insulated properly and are therefore harder to heat, the cost will be higher.
Matthew Cole, Head of Fuel Bank Foundation

He continued “Fuel Bank Foundation is again calling on the UK Government to provide targeted financial support, for example through an updated version of the Energy Bill Support Scheme, aimed at households that will struggle to keep warm this winter due to the continued high cost of energy. Without this vital support, homes will go cold and people with a critical need for energy, such as the disabled and those with serious illnesses, will be at greater risk.

“And the impact could be potentially worse given the additional financial pressure households are experiencing from increases in all household bills including food, mortgages and rent, as well as trying to pay off debt accrued from last winter.

“This shouldn’t, however, detract from the immediate support that’s required to help people who otherwise will underheat or not heat their home this winter. After all, you’re not going to lose your home overnight if you can’t pay your mortgage or rent but you could become seriously ill and potentially die if you have no heating or power.
Matthew Cole, Head of Fuel Bank Foundation

Mr Cole said: “Energy suppliers must therefore understand which of their customers are at higher risk and proactively reach out to them to ensure that prepaying for energy continues to be safe and practicable, and that all available support is being accessed.”