Posted: Fri 26th Aug 2022

Price Cap: Energy bills set rise for households in Flintshire by more than 80% from October

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Aug 26th, 2022

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The energy price cap will rise to £3,549 in October, regulator Ofgem has announced this morning.

The 80% increase is due to Ofgem raising the price cap on standard and default tariffs from £1,971/year for a typical user paying by direct debit to £3,549/year from 1 October, amid record wholesale costs.

The new cap level isn’t the maximum anyone will pay, the price cap sets a limit on the rates you pay for each unit of gas and electricity, so if you use more, you’ll pay more, use less, you’ll pay less.

The Welsh government has slammed its UK counterparts saying the Conservative government has failed to act as “energy price cap increases and profits of oil and gas giants soar.”

Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt hit out at the UK government saying they are failing to support the most vulnerable with the cost-of-living crisis.

The minister said: “We’re in the midst of a crisis. Hundreds and thousands of families right across Wales and the wider UK are facing the biggest fall in living standards since records began.”

“The projections for those who will be plunged into poverty are unforgiving and all the while we are faced with the unacceptable three-pronged chaos of a failing UK government, a cruel price cap increase and the record profits of oil and gas giants.”

“While oil and gas giants bathe in record profits from shaking down customers and revelling in government support packages, the UK Government fails to even acknowledge an emergency budget is necessary.”

“People across Wales need support now. We need an emergency budget, we need to freeze gas and electricity prices immediately and we need to tax the oil and gas giants making record profits.”

Three-fold increase in people contacting Flintshire Citizens Advice with energy-related concerns. 

Flintshire Citizens Advice said the support from the UK government so far is “hugely welcome” but with frightening pressures expected again this winter.

Paul Bertrand from Flintshire CAB said the UK government must be “prepared to act again, and soon.  As an immediate step we think the government needs to target support at those struggling the most – through the benefits system.”

“However, 53% of people who’ll be in the red come October won’t be receiving cost-of-living payments, and with future price rises rapidly outpacing the value of the energy rebate, we know further support will be needed to stop people being pushed into debt.” Paul said.

For the period April 1st to August 23rd, 2022 Citizens Advice Flintshire have dealt with almost 3 times the usual amount of energy related queries – 611 energy issues compared to 220 last year – that figure is expected to rise significantly come October.

Paul said: “People unable to pay their bills are being forced onto costly pre-payment meters but we want to see a winter ban on this practice if they can’t afford their energy bills.”

“Your supplier can’t make you move to pre-payment if it wouldn’t be safe or practical; for instance if an illness or disability means you’d be at risk if your gas or electricity was cut off. ”

“They also need to follow clear guidance and make sure they’ve given you notice, given you time to pay any debts and offered you alternatives to being moved onto a pre-payment meter.

There is further information about this on the Citizens Advice website.”

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