After a prolonged period of speculation, the new Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced preliminary details of how the government plans to deal with the energy price crisis
In late May this year, the then Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a range of measures to reduce the impact of the anticipated October 2022 Ofgem utility price cap increase. Mr Sunak’s announcement followed an earlier assistance package revealed in February, ahead of the April 2022 Ofgem price cap increase from £1,277 to £1,971.
Sunak’s measures, which included a flat £400 off all consumers’ bills, were made at a time when the price cap was projected to rise to £2,800 a year for the October 2022 – March 2023 period. Since then:
The problems created for the government by soaring gas prices are exacerbated by the fact that many businesses renew their fixed term energy contracts (typically for one or two years) in October.
The commercial sector does not benefit from any price cap and stories have emerged of small businesses seeing their utility costs jumping as much as tenfold or even being refused new contracts. Outside the commercial sector, there have been similar issues for schools and hospitals.
In today’s announcement during a House of Commons General Debate on UK Energy Costs, the new Prime Minister announced that:
Details of the funding for these measures will be announced by the Chancellor in his fiscal statement ‘later this month’.
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