March 29, 2023
Over one million UK households to see cheaper energy bills from this weekend
British Gas has introduced the new rules from April rather than July (Image: Corbis via Getty Images) Group 28 Get the latest top news stories sent straight to your inbox with our daily newsletter Invalid email Something went wrong, please try again later. Sign Up No thanks, close We use your sign-up to provide content in the ways you've consented to and improve our understanding of you. This means that we may include adverts from us and third parties based on our knowledge of you. We also may change the frequency you receive our emails from us in order to keep you up to date and give you the best relevant information possible. As always you can unsubscribe at any time. More info Group 28 Thank you for subscribing! We have more newsletters Show Me No thanks, close See our Privacy Notice It's good news for over a million UK households this week as energy customers will soon be paying less for their bills , lessening the pressure of the current cost of living crisis. From Saturday, April 1, anybody on a prepayment meter with British Gas will pay as much as direct debit customers for gas, and keep the same current discount for electricity prepayment meters. For people who get both gas and electricity with the company, they'll save an average of £59 per year. It comes as British Gas decided to push for a reduction in prepayment meter prices sooner rather than later. Read More Related Articles Expert's warning to turn off your heating soon as the clocks go forward Read More Related Articles UK's 'worst' broadband provider revealed with price hike to come - full list The Mirror reports that in the Chancellor's recent Spring Budget, energy companies were told they weren't permitted to charge prepayment customers more from July - but British Gas decided to bring in the policy earlier. Over the next three months, British Gas says its prepayment customers will be well over £10million "better off" with the average saving being £15 per household. Chris O’Shea, chief executive of Centrica, the parent company of British Gas said: "We know that more help is needed for prepayment customers, and we support the Government’s decision to lower prepayment prices to the same level as direct debit customers. "We wanted to do more to support this group of customers by introducing this change as soon as we could so British Gas prepayment customers will benefit immediately. Top Trending Stories Today Illusion shows if you're natural leader UK's 'worst' broadband provider Tricky brain teaser that stumps people What to plant in March British Gas has around 1.24million customers with prepayment meters. However, around 158,000 only have electricity prepayment meters and will not benefit from the change. Recent Government data revealed that British Gas, Scottish Power and Ovo Energy made up 70 per cent of all forced installations over the last year. The information showed that more than 94,000 prepayment meters were forcibly installed last year when a customer hadn't paid their bill. Last month it was revealed that debt agents acting for British Gas had broken into vulnerable people's homes to force-fit meters, and that courts had been waving through energy firm applications to forcibly install meters. Earlier this month, the energy regulator Ofgem announced it was extending the ban "indefinitely" on forced prepayment installations which had been due to expire at the end of March. Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond - Sign up to our daily newsletter here . READ NEXT: Optical illusion proves you're a 'natural born leader' if you can spot the animal Flight attendant reveals disgusting reason to never remove shoes on planes Experts predict the next breakfast trend - and it's probably not what you're expecting Story Saved You can find this story in My Bookmarks. Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right. Follow Daily Record Facebook Twitter More On Fuel bills Energy
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