Energy Bills Remain High Despite Regulator Cutting Price Cap
Energy bills are set to remain high despite a cut in prices from July, as the regulator has lowered the price cap for households in England, Scotland, and Wales.
The typical household will pay £2,074 a year for gas and electricity, £426 less than currently, after the regulator cut the energy price cap.
Although the government has provided help to limit bills to £2,500, prices are not expected to fall much further over the rest of the year and could edge up in winter.
MoneySavingExpert.com's Martin Lewis stated that bills will be similar to last winter because the government's discount has ended, and people will still be paying double what they used to pay before the energy crisis.
Kate Mulvany from Cornwall Insight also said that further substantial falls in bills would be unlikely, particularly if there is a cold winter in Europe.
The head of energy regulator Ofgem, Jonathan Brearley, urged people to contact their supplier if they are struggling to pay their bill.
The energy bill for July 2022 will still be high, despite a recent cut to the price cap.
The cost of energy is affected by factors such as the surge in energy prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Inflation has been running above 10% for several months.
However, the government is aiming to reduce inflation by half, and this recent cut to the price cap is considered a major milestone.
Despite the decrease, energy bills remain unaffordable for millions of people, with families and businesses struggling to make ends meet.
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