Energy Price In April: How Will Your Bills Change?


The government’s current support for energy bills is expected to decrease this spring, meaning there will be a further hike in costs for all households.

Despite calls from MoneySavingExpert’s Martin Lewis for the government to backtrack amid the ongoing cost of living crisis, it looks set to stick to its current plan for now.

Here’s what you need to know.

What is the energy price guarantee?

The government introduced the guarantee to protect customers from increasing energy bills, by limiting how much suppliers can charge per unit of energy used.

It was introduced in October, and since then a typical household energy bill in Britain (for both gas and electricity) was automatically limited to around £2,500 – saving the average home around £900 annually. In Northern Ireland the limit was around £1,950 per year.

It’s worth noting that this is only the average amount each household has to pay, not the cap – bills will still be higher or lower depending on how much energy is used.

The energy regulator Ofgem’s actual energy price cap has been at £4,279 since January, and will stay at that level until the end of March, due to the high price of wholesale gas right now.

The government compensates energy suppliers in this time in exchange for cutting household energy bills.

Here’s how energy prices have changed in recent years:

How energy prices have changed in recent years.

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How energy prices have changed in recent years.

How will the energy price cap change?

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced in his autumn statement that the scheme would continue beyond April this year, but it would be less generous.

The average bill is set to increase from the current rate of around £2,500 to approximately £3,000 from March 31, as the government reduces the amount it gives to energy firms as compensation.

The government website says: “Based on projections of the undiscounted price of energy, this is expected to save the typical household in Great Britain around £500.”

That’s significantly less than it has saved the average household over winter.

The extra £400 of government assistance for energy costs for all households (in monthly payments since October) also ends in March, taking the overall increase expected in April up by 40%.

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What impact will this have?

Speaking to Radio 4′s Today programme on Thursday, Martin Lewis explained that the rise in April will be “damaging to people’s pockets” and their mental health.

“Yet another major bill going up when the nation is already shivering with the damage of the cost of living crisis,” he said.

Lewis suggested that instead, the government should make these changes in July when the price cap is expected to fall anyway.

“To put this national act of harm of increasing the price guarantee for just three months, to throw another 1.7million people into fuel poverty taking it to 8.4 million, it seems unnecessary,” he said.

The Labour Party has called for the support to remain too, urging the government to fund it through a stricter windfall tax.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said it was “inexcusable” for the government to “flat-out refuse” to impose a “proper one-off windfall tax”.

“Once again, this prime minister is too weak to stand up for working people, and would rather land struggling families with the bill,” she said.


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