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The aim of the Government Electricity Rebate (GER) is to ensure that all eligible domestic electricity customers receive a £12 rebate on their bills in 2014 and 2015 to help lower the impacts of government environmental and social policy costs on consumer energy bills.
The government considered how to deliver the Government Electricity Rebate to the largest number of eligible customers at value for money through taking into account the responses to the consultation and the issues raised by them.
The issues raised in response to the public consultation are set out in detail in the government response to the consultation on the Government Electricity Rebate together with the government’s response to each aspect.
The proposals in this government consultation response document set out the final policy decisions reached for the delivery of the Government Electricity Rebate.
In December 2013, government announced a package of measures which will reduce domestic energy bills by £50 on average over the next two years.
We are consulting on one part of this package of measures, the Government Electricity Rebate (GER). As proposed in the consultation, it will provide a £12 rebate to domestic electricity account holders in Great Britain.
The GER scheme is currently proposed to run for a two year period over 2014/15 and 2015/16. All domestic customers of licenced electricity suppliers are eligible and will be provided with the rebate by their electricity supplier. The two year GER scheme is being funded by government. Suppliers will apply the rebate to customers’ accounts and government will reimburse them for the value of the rebates they have paid out. GER will cost around £620m (£310m per year) to pay approximately 27 million households over 2014/15 - 2015/16. Electricity suppliers will provide the GER directly to their domestic electricity customers regardless of their payment method.
The proposed delivery requirements mean that suppliers will have to start crediting customers in October and finish this process within 6 weeks. Customers will see the credit on their next bill, statement or prepayment receipt after the credit has been applied.
We are consulting on delivery requirements for the GER to ensure that the rebate can be delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible.