NEA comments on the UK Government’s legislation to cap poorer value energy tariffs
Fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA) has today commented on the new the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill that will shortly be tabled in Parliament to put in place a requirement on Ofgem to cap poorer value energy tariffs until at least 2020.
Adam Scorer, Chief Executive, of National Energy Action (NEA) said:
“We welcome the Government’s proposals to protect more households from unexpected increases in their bills and from poor value default tariffs. But, however welcome, the new cap will take time to implement, will not tackle disengagement or exclusion from the energy market and, crucially, will not solve the problems of people on the lowest incomes who cannot afford a warm home.
While the tariff cap will draw attention, there are other priorities that are just as urgent. Ofgem and Government need to act without delay on new data sharing powers so that more low income and vulnerable customers are put on the already existing safeguard tariff that protects those in greatest need. Critically, this must also include protecting households who are customers of smaller suppliers.”
1) NEA is an independent charity working to protect low income and vulnerable households from fuel poverty and exclusion in the energy market. NEA has a network of offices throughout England and also has national offices in Cardiff and Belfast which also work to support deprived communities and low income energy consumers in Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.
2) NEA works to influence and increase strategic action against fuel poverty at a national level through its policy, research and campaigning functions. The charity similarly works with partners from industry, Government and the third sector to deliver practical solutions to UK households – improving access to energy advice, energy efficiency products and other related services for vulnerable consumers. NEA believes that radically improving the fabric and heating of homes represents the most cost effective long-term solution for tackling high energy bills and helping to eradicate fuel poverty. NEA also provide the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Fuel Poverty & Energy Efficiency Group, which was first established in 1995 as the Parliamentary Warm Homes Group, to raise awareness of the problem of fuel poverty and the policies needed to eradicate it.
3) For more information on this issue also see NEA’s oral evidence to the BEIS select committee who were asked to give pre-legislative scrutiny to the draft Bill: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/business-energy-industrial-strategy/inquiries/parliament-2017/pre-legislative-scrutiny-of-draft-tariff-cap-bill-inquiry/