08 Sep 2022
On 8 September the Prime Minister announced that the government will limit energy bill rises for all households for two years, with a typical annual household energy bill capped at £2,500.
In response to the support package announced CEO Gavin Smart said
"Following our letter to the Prime Minister on Tuesday which called for meaningful action on the cost of living crisis, it’s good to see the government announcing significant support from next month to help bring down energy bills (and address current support gaps) and tackle rising inflation. We do however remain concerned for residents and tenants who will struggle to manage under the £2,500 cap; the End Fuel Poverty Coalition, of which CIH is a member, estimates that 16.4 million people in the UK will still be left in fuel poverty. More direct emergency financial support will also be needed for these low-income households. In our letter to the PM, we suggested several changes to the welfare framework that would help target support for the poorest households.
We support the commitment to accelerate the development of clean technology and to de-couple electricity and gas prices, helping to drive the move to renewable energy. As well as the measures announced today, we very much hope to see further commitments from government to support home energy efficiency measures - reducing demand would help to reduce both household bills and our dependency on gas. Given the temporary suspension of green levies, it will be important to ensure that funding for schemes such as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is not reduced. We cannot afford to restrict the delivery of energy efficiency measures at a time when they are more critical than ever."
Further information on the announcement: