Energy bills to rise by at least £139 for millions of households
News / Fri 6th Aug 2021 at 08:14am
ENERGY prices will rise for millions of people across the UK in October, right at the start of the cold weather.
Regulator Ofgem said the price cap for default domestic energy deals would be raised to cover suppliers’ extra costs.
The typical gas and electricity customer is likely to see their bill go up by £139 to £1,277 a year.
Charities warned the timing would hit struggling families hard, who already face losing an extra £20 a week from Universal Credit in October.
Prepayment customers will see an increase of £153, from £1,156 to £1309, the regulator said.
Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley told the BBC: “The reason the price cap is going up is there has been a record increase in energy prices across the board, not just in gas and electricity but in petrol and diesel.”
He urged customers to shop around for the best tariffs, saying there were big savings to be made by switching.
“You don’t have to live with this tariff. The price cap is a backstop. We’d encourage any customer, particularly those struggling to pay their bills, to contact their supplier, and get access to a wide-range of help and support,” he said.
“This is a devastating increase,” said Peter Smith, director of policy and advocacy at fuel poverty charity National Energy Action.
“Millions of household budgets are already stretched to the limit and this massive increase could not be coming at a worse time.”
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The cost of wholesale gas is much the same as 2019, in 2020 there was a significant temporary dip in prices and was significantly higher in 2017/2018. The energy companies and Ofgem are using this dip to say prices have skyrocketed , when they have not over the past few years. When the price fell last year there was no decrease in prices, in fact new consumer energy contracts at the start of this year were up 30%. Likewise oil at one point a few years ago oil hit $100 a barrel , it is now about $73 / barrel and forecast to fall to $71 / a barrel in the next quarter. It is all a lie that the energy companies are saying , in fact all they want is higher profits to make up for lost sales last year.