On 4 July 2022, National Energy Action published a new report arguing for the introduction of a social energy tariff for low-income households.
Produced in partnership with Fair By Design, the report argues that low-income energy customers face a double burden from the current energy crisis: the rising cost of bills and paying more for their energy due to the poverty premium.
The government must introduce a new social tariff to lower the cost of bills for low-income households. A social tariff is a targeted discount energy deal for qualifying low-income consumers. It is a safety net for eligible households who might be struggling to afford their bills. It is typically below the price of the cheapest available energy tariff and targeted at those living in fuel poverty or on a low income.
Read the report here.