Ministers urged to help half a million families left out of

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Ahead of the Budget, Jeremy Hunt has been urged to do more to help families with heat network homes, who are are not covered by the governments energy price cap

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Half a million families left out of the energy price cap who are paying 1,000 more to heat their homes need urgent government help, ministers are being told. The families affected are those using heat networks that pump hot water to multiple homes from a central boiler, and which are not covered by the Governments price cap.

These households are unable to opt out or switch to a different supplier, so they have no choice but to pay higher prices. Up to half of London homes served by heat networks are flats and social housing in urban areas, meaning many of the capitals most vulnerable are stuck paying over the odds to keep warm.

InThe Mirror, Alan Whitehead, Labour s shadow energy minister, said: Before heat network customers even turn on their shower or their heating, they are at a severe disadvantage, paying a premium for a system they have no choice but to be part of. The Government have been warned time and again about the lack of regulation for heat network customers and have refused to do anything about it.

Analysis by Labour shows that heat network customers are being charged 515 million more annually than households supplied by gas thats more than 1,000 per household. And its feared that suppliers not regulated by Ofgem will hike prices further from the beginning of April.

Labour has called on the Government to bring the stalled Energy Bill back to the House of Commons. The Tories know that the Energy Bill would be an ideal place to do this and yet the Bill seems to have disappeared under their watch, leaving consumers without protection at the time they most need it, Mr Whitehead said.

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A Government spokesperson said: We know this is a difficult time for families, which is why the Government has covered around half of the typical households energy bill this winter. Heat network customers are receiving support through our Energy Bill Relief Scheme and the law requires heat network suppliers to pass on savings to residents in a just and reasonable way.

Heat network customers will continue to receive a discount on their energy bills until 31 March 2024 through our Energy Bill Discount Scheme.

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