Energy worth cap 2024: Households see payments fall as Ofgem drops power worth hole | EUROtoday

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Households will see their power payments fall to their lowest degree in additional than two years as regulator Ofgem introduced a discount in its worth cap.

The fall, which comes amid the cost-of-living disaster, will likely be £1,690 from April 2024 – a fall of £238 for the common dual-fuel family over the course of a yr.

If you prepay on your power, costs are additionally set to fall by 14 per cent to £1,643 a yr, whereas those who pay on receipt of invoice will see a 13 per cent drop to £1,796 a yr.

The 12 per cent common fall is because of come into impact on 1 April and can final three months till the top of June.

Ofgem mentioned it anticipated extra shoppers to modify suppliers over the approaching months (PA)

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The saving of round £20 a month will see power costs for 30 million households in England, Wales and Scotland attain their lowest degree since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 which Ofgem mentioned drove up prices for suppliers and in the end clients.

Despite this, payments stay 49 per cent greater than pre-energy disaster ranges, with figures from the charity National Energy Action exhibiting that six million households stay in gas poverty. This is in comparison with 4.5 million in October 2021.

Jonathan Brearley, CEO of Ofgem, additionally introduced the levelisation of standing costs to take away the “PPM premium” paid upfront by these with a prepayment meter.

He mentioned: “This is good news to see the price cap drop to its lowest level in more than two years – and to see energy bills for the average household drop by £690 since the peak of the crisis – but there are still big issues that we must tackle head-on to ensure we build a system that’s more resilient for the long term and fairer to customers.

“That’s why we are levelising standing charges to end the inequity of people with prepayment meters, many of whom are vulnerable and struggling, being charged more up-front for their energy than other customers.”


He added: “We also need to address the risk posed by stubbornly high levels of debt in the system, so we must introduce a temporary payment to help prevent an unsustainable situation leading to higher bills in the future.

“These steps highlight the limitations of the current system – we can only move costs around – so we welcome news that the Government is opening the conversation on the future of price regulation, seeking views on how standard energy deals can be made more flexible so customers pay less if using electricity when prices are lower.”

The regulator additionally confirmed plans to set a everlasting answer to prepayment clients paying greater standing costs, which was eliminated by the Government’s non permanent Energy Price Guarantee.

Ofgem mentioned the answer should be funded by bill-payers reasonably than taxpayers, to keep up equity, that means prepayment clients will save round £49 per yr whereas direct debit clients pays £10 extra annually.

Responding to the announcement, cash saving knowledgeable Martin Lewis posted on X: “The new rates for 1 April have just been announced. In a nutshell, for every £100 a Direct Debit user spends on energy today, they’ll pay £87.70 for it from 1 April.

“So it’s an improvement, and predictions are it’ll drop again in July, though overall prices are still too expensive, nearly double the price of the cheapest pre-crisis.”

He unveiled his 5 high suggestions starting with the revelation that prepay meters will turn into the most affordable technique to pay.

He mentioned: “Prepay standing charges have been lowered to equalise them with direct debit, yet as prepay unit rates are cheaper, that means overall for a typical user from April, prepay will be about 3% cheaper.

“Prepay, which many of the most vulnerable use, was always the rip off, so this is a staggering turn around.”

He added: “Yet before you jump to it, a word of caution… if and when proper competition returns there are rarely any prepay deals.

“All the big money and discounts are thrown out to win new direct debit customers. So I strongly suspect direct debit will stay by far the overall cheapest for people who switch, but for those who don’t, it’ll be prepay.”

He identified that standing costs for direct debit will rise to £334, urged Ofgem to throw the “kitchen sink” at getting individuals cheaper offers after they eliminated the Market Stabilisation Charge and confirmed how one can undercut the worth cap by 3 per cent on the Eon Next Pledge tariff.


Citizens Advice chief govt Dame Clare Moriarty mentioned: “We know more than five million people live in households behind on their energy bills and, with the price of energy still far higher than just three years ago, many people will struggle to pay off these debts.

“The Government promised a new plan for energy bill support by April 2024, but will miss its own deadline. And the withdrawal of cost-of-living payments this spring will make it so much harder for many of those already finding it difficult to make ends meet. Without action, people will face a cycle of winter crises year after year.”

Unite common secretary Sharon Graham accused power corporations of profiteering and referred to as for public possession of power. She mentioned: “Everyone except the energy barons can see the system is broken. The need for public ownership has never been more pressing. It is time our politicians made the right choices.”

Ofgem introduced it’s permitting a brief further cost of £28 a yr, or £2.33 a month, to verify suppliers have sufficient funds to assist clients who’re struggling.

This will likely be added to the payments of shoppers who pay by direct debit or normal credit score and is to be partly offset by the top of an allowance price £11 per yr that coated debt prices associated to the Covid pandemic.

Prepayment meter clients won’t need to pay the additional cost, as many don’t construct up the identical degree of debt as credit score clients as a result of they high up as they go, Ofgem mentioned.

The regulator units the utmost quantity that suppliers can cost for every unit of fuel and electrical energy however not the entire invoice.

The cap was launched by the federal government in 2019 to make sure power payments precisely mirrored the price of power.

Over the final two years, it has considerably risen inflicting monetary points for numerous households throughout the nation. In 2022, in rose from £1,215 in January to £1,877 in April, earlier than reaching £3,371 in October.