Unit rates for gas and electricity rose again on Monday 1 January, which will result in an average increase in bills of 5% for the typical annual household in England, Scotland and Wales. (Please note that the percentage increase that you actually pay depends on where you live and how much energy you use). This new Energy Price Cap will be in place until the end of March, after which analysts expect that energy prices will fall back.
The £400 discount which all households received in England, Wales and Scotland last winter will not be given this year. However, additional support is being given to some groups through cost-of-living payments:
- £900 to households on means-tested benefits – paid in three instalments, the final £299 instalment being paid from 6 February.
- £300 for pensioner households
- £150 to people on certain disability benefits.