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Fuel Poverty

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 128301, tabled on 23 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies on provision of financial assistance for energy costs of polling commissioned by Citizens Advice in January 2022 that found potentially 27 per cent of disabled people and 36 per cent of people on Universal Credit would not be able to cover the anticipated average price cap rise of £60 per month.

Answered on

3 March 2022

The published fuel poverty projections for 2022, show that while most households will need to pay more for their energy bills from April, the financial support offered combined with action on energy efficiency will keep the number of households in fuel poverty on a declining trend. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-statistics.

The Government is providing a package of support worth £9.1 billion in 2022-23 which includes a £150 Council Tax rebate for bands A-D, £144 million discretionary funding for local authorities and a £200 energy bill reduction which will help over 28 million households.

This is in addition to the support the Government will continue to provide through the Warm Home Discount Scheme, which this winter is providing over 2 million households a £140 rebate off their energy bill. The Government has announced that it would be increasing to £150 and help an extra 780,000 households next winter. Further, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments help ensure the most vulnerable are better able to heat their homes over the colder months.