Energy Bills

11th January 2019

Philip Dunne MP is encouraging constituents to attend two events in South Shropshire to help consumers save money on their energy bills.

The Big Energy Saving Week 2019, a partnership campaign between Citizens Advice, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and numerous other organisations, gives consumers the opportunity to receive advice at special events across the country on how to understand their choices and save money on their bills. The scheme is funded by a levy on energy network providers.

As part of the scheme, Social Heart CIC will be running an advice event at Craven Arms Community Centre, Newington Way, Craven Arms on Wednesday 23rd January, from 10am to 3pm. Consumers are encouraged to bring a copy of their energy bill for free and impartial advice.

A second event by Social Heart CIC, supported by The Friends of Clee Hill Forum, will take place The Recreation Room, High Street, Clee Hill on Friday 1st February from 10am to 2pm. This is as part of Warm & Safe Home Campaign 2019.

Mr Dunne said: “I encourage local residents to attend these events, which offer the chance to hear free and impartial advice about energy bills. While December was mild, now is the time for consumers to look again at their energy tariffs and how they can reduce bills, ahead of possible colder winter months.

It is good news Ofgem has now set the final level of the energy price cap, which came into force on 1 January 2019. This is set at £1,137 per year for a typical dual fuel customer paying by direct debit and will remove around £1 billion of overcharging from consumers' bills. Customers on default tariffs will save around £76 on average and as much as £120 on the most expensive tariffs. This has been set at such a level that it still leaves considerable motivation for consumers to shop around for the best deal, but improves the terrible prices paid by some people.”

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