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Millions of households will be told what Ofgem’s latest price cap will be

by LLB Finance Reporter
20th Nov 23 9:03 am

On Thursday Ofgem will announce the latest price cap and millions of households will learn how much more they will have to pay.

Energy consultancy Cornwall Insight are predicting the energy price cap will rise from £1,834 to £1,931 for a typical household.

This will be a 5% rise which will take effect from January to March, then from April a typical household bill will fall to £1,853.

Dr Craig Lowrey, principal consultant at Cornwall Insight, said: “An unstable wholesale energy market, coupled with the UK’s reliance on energy imports, makes it inevitable that energy bills will rise from current levels.

“This leaves households facing yet another winter with bills hundreds of pounds higher than pre-pandemic levels, and affordable fixed deals few and far between.”

He added: “The King’s Speech acknowledged that it is our exposure to volatile international energy markets that has led to higher and less predictable bills.

“While we continue to advocate for immediate targeted support for vulnerable consumers, it is evident that the only enduring solution lies in transitioning the UK away from the influence of global energy prices towards sustainable, domestically sourced energy.”

Emily Seymour, energy editor at consumer magazine Which?, said: “If you are concerned about struggling to pay higher bills, don’t suffer in silence – there is help available. Speak to your energy provider about a payment plan you can afford and check to see if you qualify for any government schemes.

“We’d recommend that everyone without a smart meter takes a meter reading on or close to December 31 to make sure they don’t overpay for any energy used before the new price cap takes effect. Submitting meter readings on a regular basis is a good idea, and makes sure you are billed correctly.”

Richard Neudegg, director of regulation at Uswitch.com, said: “This price rise will come at the worst time of year for households, who will be using more energy at home during one of the coldest points of the winter.

“The price cap is no longer fit for purpose, and the system needs reforming to create a more competitive market, which also protects households.”

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