Justina Miltienyte, energy policy expert at Uswitch.com says: “With predictions of a near £2,000 price cap on the way, many households could be faced with the stark choice of heating or eating if action is not taken to support them in the coming months.
“A 5% VAT cut on energy bills was never going to be enough to offset a predicted 50% price cap increase, but it’s alarming that the Government has seemingly scrapped the idea so hastily without an alternative, at a time when consumers are bracing themselves for a catastrophic bill hike.
“We repeat our calls on the Government to upscale its targeted support for vulnerable households, in a way that is reflective of the cost increases that consumers will see coming in April.
“While the Government continues to rely on Warm Home Discount as a way to help the most vulnerable, the support is nowhere near enough and the payments should be automatic for all who qualify. Now is the time for the Government to act, and fast."
Uswitch is the UK’s top comparison website for home services switching. We’ve saved consumers £2.5 billion off their energy bills since we launched in September 2000, and also help people find a better deal on their broadband, mobile and TV.
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