Energy bills update: April 2023

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Find out about the changes to the energy price guarantee and when the energy bill rebate will end. 

When does the energy price guarantee end?

The energy price guarantee was originally meant to end at the end of March 2023. However, the Chancellor announced in the Spring Budget that the guarantee would be extended to the end of June 2023. The UK Government estimates that this should save households an average of £160.

The extension of the guarantee aims to provide continued support to households during the cost of living crisis as energy bills remain high. 

The UK Government has subsidised energy bills in England, Wales and Scotland since October 2022. In Northern Ireland, energy bills were also subsidised, although there were some differences because of the way the electricity and gas markets operate in Northern Ireland.

The energy price guarantee has capped typical household energy charges at £2,500.

When does the energy bill rebate end?

The energy bill rebate scheme comes to an end on 31 March 2023. This means the last discount you will receive will be in March.

The Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS) provided a £400 discount off energy bills in instalments of £66 and £67 per month, from October 2022 to March 2023. 

The scheme was provided by the UK Government to households in England, Scotland and Wales. In Northern Ireland, support was provided through the Northern Ireland Energy Bills Support Scheme.

Will I need to pay more for my energy in April?

The cost of your energy will stay the same, but you won’t receive the Energy Bills Support Scheme discount anymore. Therefore you may have to pay more than you did in March.

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