The ‘big six’ UK energy suppliers have agreed to help a quarter of a million over 70s in the UK this summer with their fuel bills.
Those that qualify for this £80 rebate will be on very low incomes that must be eligible for a special ‘guarantee credit’. No claim is needed as the DWP inform the energy companies which pensioners can get the money off their bills.
This rebate scheme forms a part of the £150m ‘social assistance’ package that energy firms have agreed to provide in 2010/11 – this will only apply to customers of these suppliers: Scottish and Southern Energy (includes Atlantic Gas and Electricity, Swalec, Southern Electric and Scottish Hydro),British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, RWE npower, ScottishPower and and their subsidiary concerns.
The social assistance packages have attracted criticism from consumer groups.
What are your thoughts on this rebate? – does it go far enough? or could the energy companies do alot more to help the most vulnerable people in society?
Let us know what you think!