£66 a month will be cut from energy bills this winter to help ease cost-of-living crisis
More than £60 a month will be cut from energy bills through winter under the Government’s cost-of-living support package.
In October and November 29million households will have their fuel bills reduced by £66, with four more reductions of £67 from December to March.
The £400 of support, alongside targeted efforts for the worst off, came after predictions that energy bills would rise to £2,800 a year for the average household in October.
But forecasts have got bleaker since then. The consultancy BFY believes bills could hit £3,420 from October and rise again in January.
In October and November 29million households will have their fuel bills reduced by £66, with four more reductions of £67 from December to March
As details of the support package were announced yesterday, Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said it ‘will go some way to help millions of families over the colder months’.
Those with a domestic electricity meter paying for their energy by card and direct debit will receive an automatic deduction to bills.
Prepayment meter customers will be provided with discount vouchers in the first week of each month, issued via text message, email or post.
It comes after consumer champion Martin Lewis said Boris Johnson’s ‘zombie government’ was failing to address the crisis.
He urged the Prime Minister and Tory leadership contenders to come together now to agree a package to help consumers.
France is set for blackouts
France could face blackouts in winter, experts have warned.
Electricity prices in France for next month hit £386 per megawatt hour yesterday, compared with £258 in the UK.
Only 26 of the 57 nuclear reactors that the country relies on for most of its electricity are running.
The rest are shut for checks and repairs, and one hit by strikes, prompting the consultancy Core-e to warn of ‘the risk of blackout next winter’.
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