Government prioritises protection of gas consumers

Government prioritises protection of gas consumers

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Many constituents have contacted me worried about gas supplies and the cost of gas in the months ahead. I know there are concerns that Britain is about to run out of gas. This is not the case. This is a problem of global demand rapidly increasing, leading to higher wholesale prices. Britain has a diverse range of gas supplies around the world and we have more than sufficient capacity to meet winter demand.

Protecting gas consumers is a government priority:

  • If an energy supplier fails then there is a clear process where the energy regulator, Ofgem appoints another supplier to take on customer accounts. Ofgem does this automatically on behalf of affected customers.
  • Failed energy companies will not be bailed out by the government. The taxpayer should not pay to prop-up failed companies with poor business models unable to withstand fluctuations in energy prices.
  • Customers must be protected from price spikes. The Energy Price Cap remains in place, saving 15 million households up to £100 a year.
  • The Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments will continue supporting millions of vulnerable and low-income households with their energy bills.
Brandon Lewis
Brandon Lewis is the Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth, representing the Conservative Party in Parliament since 2010.
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Brandon Lewis
Brandon Lewis is the Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth, representing the Conservative Party in Parliament since 2010.

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