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Energy bill support after first month of government scheme

With the cost of living crisis continuing to hurt the nation, over 27 million homes have received money off their energy bills thanks to the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released figures that show the scheme has delivered a £66 discount for 97% of households that are eligible in Britain during its first month.

Launching in October, the scheme made its first payment that saw households a £400 discount on energy bills, through 6 monthly instalments, with the upcoming payment bringing the total amount spent on the scheme to £3.8 billion.

Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said:

“The government is committed to supporting people facing unique stresses with the cost of living and rising energy costs. Today’s figures show how we are making a difference in over 27 million homes across Great Britain.

“All vouchers have now been sent to customer who should have them, so I urge everyone who uses a traditional prepayment meter to make sure they receive their voucher form their supplier an redeem them promptly so they get the energy bull support they are entitled to.”

The vouchers were sent to every customer with traditional pre-payment meters, a total that adds up to 2 million recipients, and the government are urging people to redeem them as soon as possible. This is due to figures showing tat only around two-thirds of people have already redeemed their vouchers.

There is further data to be released in December, showing additional breakdowns by region, local authority and constituency.

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