Energy Bill Revolution
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I recognise this is a very tough time for many families across the country and the Government is doing all it can to help people in this difficult economic climate. The Prime Minister made a personal commitment to help get energy bills down and the regulator, Ofgem, has recently announced that it is taking forward a package of measures to help reduce bills and make the energy market fairer, clearer and simpler. The reforms will make energy suppliers put customers on the lowest tariffs unless they choose otherwise.

It is extremely good news that that the Government published the first comprehensive National Energy Efficiency Strategy last year. This Strategy sets out the additional steps the Government will be taking to stimulate the energy efficiency market, connecting finance with demand, encouraging innovation and making energy efficiency information more accessible to the consumer.

The new Green Deal – the Government’s flagship policy around energy efficiency - will revolutionise energy efficiency in the UK by offering households upfront finance to make energy efficiency improvements, paid for by energy bill savings. This scheme will provide extra financial help for the most vulnerable through an Energy Company Obligation (ECO), worth £1.3 billion, which will assist around 230,000 low income households a year.

Alongside this, the Government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme will provide over 2 million households, including over 600,000 vulnerable pensioners, with a £120 discount on their electricity bills. In addition, Ministers are maintaining the spending on Winter Fuel Payments, spending £2.1 billion this winter. Cold weather payments have been permanently increased from £8.50 to £25, helping the most vulnerable when extremely cold weather strikes.

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