Government response

Comment on The Times’ story on the impact of the recent cold weather on consumer energy bills

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DECC spokesman comment on The Times’ story on the impact of the recent cold weather on consumer energy bills.

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“We know many consumers are really feeling the pinch due to rising energy prices and the long cold winter. We are doing everything we can to try and help cushion the impact of rising gas prices and the cold weather on consumers.

“We have helped two million households this year through the Warm Home Discount, including more than one million low income pensioners who received £130 off their bills. We are taking action to help people get a better deal on energy tariffs. We are boosting the energy efficiency of our buildings so that homes and businesses are better insulated and don’t waste as much energy.

“It’s too soon to be sure what impact the current movements in wholesale gas prices will have on the prices we pay as consumers. While wholesale gas prices are one of the main factors impacting on bills, short term spikes may not have a significant impact.”

Published 11 April 2013