Energy Bills
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I understand the concerns about this issue which is why I welcomed the Prime Minister’s personal commitment to help get energy bills down. Helping households with the cost of living and their energy bills is a priority of this Government.

Policies which help decarbonise the UK’s energy supplies will reduce the exposure of UK energy prices to movements in global fossil fuel prices but the Government has always been clear that this must be at the lowest possible cost to consumers.

You will be pleased to hear that the Government has announced that it will look at rolling back the environmental levies which typically add £112 to people’s energy bills. A proper Competition Test will be introduced to make sure that the energy market is competitive and offers a good deal for consumers and we are challenging the energy companies to move to 24 hour switching.

In addition, the Government recently reached a commercial agreement with energy company EDF on the key terms that pave the way for the first new nuclear power plant to be built in the UK for a generation. This is the first time a nuclear power station in the UK will have been built without money from the British taxpayer.

Shale gas is a promising new potential energy resource which could reduce our reliance on imported gas and help lower household energy bills which is why the Chancellor, George Osborne, confirmed in the 2013 Budget that a generous new tax regime is being introduced for shale gas to promote early investment.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, has written to the Taxpayers’ Alliance setting out his reply to the campaign here:

www.gov.uk/government/news/the-taxpayers-alliance-campaign-letter-from-edward-davey


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