In a letter sent to the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, supported by Fair By Design and leading charities, Lewis has called for the postponement of April’s planned rise in the energy price guarantee – keeping it at £2,500 a year for a typical household. Under current plans, announced by the Chancellor in the 2022 Autumn Statement, the energy price guarantee will rise to £3,000 a year until 31 March 2024.
An increase in the energy price guarantee could have a significant impact on low income consumers, leaving them with sky-high energy bills and potential debt. National Energy Action predicts that the number of fuel–poor households will rise drastically from 6.7 million to 8.4 million from April – approaching double the 4.5 million households in this position in October 2021. We call on low income consumers to be protected from energy price rises during the cost-of-living crisis and into the future. You can read the full letter here.
— Fair By Design (@FairByDesign) February 9, 2023