Energy Rises – help available for low income families in Berkshire

Written by our Energy Adviser and Project Co-ordinator Helen Dean.

From last Friday (8/10/21), households across the UK will see a 12% increase in the energy price cap that providers can charge. This rise will push more households into fuel poverty. Also, those being switched to new suppliers after their supplier has gone bust, will typically see a £30 a month increase in their bills.

It’s a bleak outlook – the support and advice I give through CCC’s Family Home Energy Education & Advice Project is needed more than ever. Many are fearful as huge rises in home energy costs are predicted for 2022.

One thing that low-income families with young children, or those with an illness/disability can do NOW is claim the Warm Home Discount of £140 from their electricity supplier. Rules vary between supplier, so check it out – https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

If you are a practitioner in Berkshire and work with low income families who need advice on energy bills please contact Helen.Dean@ccberks.org.uk

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