Government announces further details on energy support for UK households - including a cap on bills in Northern Ireland
Household energy bills in Northern Ireland will be capped from November, the Government has confirmed. An extra £100 will also be given to those who live off-grid in the UK and use alternative fuels, such as heating oil or LPG to heat their homes. Here's what you need to know.
Earlier this month, the Government announced energy bills in Great Britain would be capped at £2,500 for a typical household from 1 October 2022 for the next two winters. The move was part of a bid to tackle the rising cost of energy bills.
This cap will now also be applied to Northern Ireland from November and will be backdated to October so that households will see the same level of support as the rest of the UK. We've asked how this will be backdated and will update this story when we know more.
Further support was also confirmed for those who live in park homes, on heat networks or live off-grid - see below for more on this. If you need further help, see our Struggling to pay your energy bills guide.
If you live in Northern Ireland, your energy bills will be capped from November
The change means energy firms in Northern Ireland will reduce tariffs. The rate for gas will be lowered to up to 17p/kWh for electric and to up to 4p/kWh for gas. You won't need to do anything to get this reduction - it will be automatically applied and will be backdated from October.
Households in Northern Ireland will also receive the non-repayable £400 discount on energy bills in line with the rest of the UK. Again, we've asked how and when this will be paid.
You'll also receive a further £100 if you aren't connected to the gas grid and use alternative fuels, such as heating oil, to heat your home. We've also asked how and when this will be paid.
If you're a park homes resident, you'll receive the £400 grant, plus equivalent price cap support through the Energy Bill Relief Scheme
The Government additionally announced support for businesses in Great Britain that will see energy bills discounted for most non-domestic energy customers.
This means people who live in residential properties that have a non-domestic energy contract through a third-party provider/landlord (such as people living in park homes) should receive a discount on their energy bill. Your provider will get the discount, if it's eligible, but the Government says it expects businesses to pass on the benefits of the scheme "in a reasonable and proportionate way".
Essentially almost all types of tariff will be covered by the scheme, except any fixed contracts that were signed before 1 April 2022 - this is because the Government said fixed contracts before this date have not been "exposed to the recent rises in wholesale prices".
The discount for providers will be automatically deducted and will only apply between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023. After this date the Government said it will review the scheme.
Park homes residents, or any other individuals who pay their bills through a third party via a non-domestic contract, will also be entitled to the £400 one-off payment, although the Government hasn't yet confirmed how and when this payment will be received. We've asked the Government for this extra information.
If you live in a building with a heat network, you'll receive the same support as park homes residents
If you live off-grid in the UK and use alternative fuels, you'll receive an extra £100 - but this may not be enough to tackle the rising costs of fuel
A further £100 will be given to those who aren't connected to the gas grid and have to use alternative fuels, such as LPG or heating oils, instead of gas. This will be in addition to the £400 payment, which you should receive through your electricity supplier. We've asked the Government how this £100 will be paid and whether it will be the only additional payment made available.
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