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Energy: Prices

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 129157, tabled on 24 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will hold discussions with Citizen's Advice on targeted support for low income households in April 2022 through an energy support grant.

Answered on

4 March 2022

BEIS Ministers and officials meet regularly with Citizens Advice to discuss a range of issues relating to the energy retail market. The energy price cap ensures millions of households pay a fair price for their gas and electricity. Support for energy bills is available to eligible low-income households through the Warm home Discount, the Winter Fuel Payment and the Cold Weather Payments.

On 3 February, the Government announced a package of support worth £9.1 billion to help domestic energy customers with the cost of rising energy bills. This includes a £150 non-repayable Council Tax rebate in April 2022 to all households in Council Tax Bands A-D, £144 million of discretionary funding for local authorities to support those not eligible for the Council Tax rebate and a £200 discount on energy bills this Autumn for domestic electricity customers’ bills, to be paid back automatically over the next five years.