Off-grid homes out of pocket after Rishi’s £400 handout

“Many do not have a gas connection and more than 1.5 million households in the country use heating oil. Volatile oil prices can only add to people’s concerns about their cost of living.” Mr Truman said the Chancellor should extend the energy price cap to include heating oil to protect those households.

Matt Copeland of National Energy Action, an energy poverty charity, said: “A small minority of off-gas households are not connected to electricity and so don’t even get the £400 electricity subsidy. “While we were broadly satisfied with the Chancellor’s support package, some budgets will still fall through the gaps.”

Last week, energy regulator Ofgem announced that the UK energy price cap would rise to around £2,800 in October, meaning households will pay 42 per cent, or around £830, more than now.

Along with rising bills, off-grid households are facing huge delays in fuel delivery this year due to ongoing supply chain issues.

Andrew Banks, from Ellesmere in Shropshire, was left without heating or hot water earlier this year after his deliveries failed to show up.

Rather than specifically supporting off-grid households, he said he would prefer taxes on energy bills to be reduced.

Mr Banks said: “I would prefer the government not to take taxes from me than to give me back money that was taken from those very taxes,” he said. “The best thing the chancellor could do for everyone would be to abolish the fuel value-added tax and also the eco-surcharge. Everyone would benefit and there would be less bureaucracy, so it would be cheaper.”

A Government spokesman said: “Households that are off the gas grid but have a standard tariff for their electricity supply will continue to be protected by the energy price cap and metered households will get a £400 discount on their energy bill, as announced last week.

“We are aware of the pressure people are facing, which is why the Chancellor launched a new support package of €15 billion. Off-grid homes out of pocket after Rishi’s £400 handout

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