Contact comments on energy price cap announced by Ofgem today

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Friday 26 August 2022

Tags: Cost of living inquiry, Out of energy campaign, energy price cap

The UK energy industry regulator, Ofgem, has announced the energy price cap – the maximum amount utility companies can charge customers on standard tariffs -meaning the typical household energy bill will hit £3,549 a year from 1 October for households in England, Scotland and Wales.

Commenting on this Amanda Batten, Chief Executive of Contact, says: “Families already finding unprecedented energy costs desperately difficult will be left reeling from today’s news of the next price hike set to hit in October. It’s simply unaffordable. The government package announced in May, while significant, now needs to be increased and targeted at those who need it most.

“Our research shows that families disabled children are already paying almost double that of an average UK household on their energy bills. Essential equipment like ventilators, food pumps and hoists, as well as more washing due to continence issues or more heating due to mobility issues, all add up to bigger bills. And for many it could be dangerous to cut back on usage.”

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