Thank you for contacting me about the energy bill grant and park homes. We have a lot of park home residents here in Lincolnshire, as you know, so I try my best to keep on top of the issues park home residents are facing.
The Government recognises that there are certain situations where a third party will be responsible for the energy bill. Further funding will be available to provide equivalent support of £400 for energy bills for the 1 per cent of households who will not be reached through the Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS). This includes those who do not have a domestic electricity meter or a direct relationship with an energy supplier, such as park home residents. The Government will set out more detailed proposals on this scheme as quickly as possible.
Alongside the energy bills support scheme, targeted support will help the most vulnerable households and individuals in receipt of means-tested benefits will receive a one-off £650 payment. In addition, pensioner households will see a one-off £300 payment alongside the Winter Fuel Payment and individuals receiving disability benefits will receive £150.
But the Government knows it needs to go further, that is why the Prime Minister has introduced an Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) which will give people certainty with their bills. This guarantee, which includes the temporary suspension of green levies, limits the amount you can be charged per unit of gas or electricity. This means that a typical household would pay no more than £2,500 per year until April 2023. In April, there will be a Treasury-led review into how we support energy bills going forwards.
The Government has agreed that it would be irresponsible for it to continue exposing the public finances to unlimited volatility in international gas prices. The review’s objective is to design a new approach that will cost the taxpayer significantly less than planned while ensuring enough support for those in need, and that the new approach will better incentivise energy efficiency.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
EDWARD LEIGH MP