The latest support was set out in Parliament earlier this month, and the revised Energy Bills Discount Scheme will come into force from the 1st of April 2023 and last for a year. It will automatically apply unit discounts of up to £6.97/MWh for gas and up to £19.61/MWh for electricity for non-domestic customers who are eligible.
Eligible customers include:
voluntary sector organisations, such as charities
public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals and care homes
And as for contract criteria, they must either be:
on existing fixed price contracts that were agreed on or after the 1st of December 2021
signing new fixed-price contracts
on deemed/out-of-contract or standard variable tariffs
The unit discounts for the Energy Bills Discount Scheme are subject to a wholesale price threshold of £107/MWh and £305/MWh for gas and electricity respectively. Any business with energy costs below those levels will receive no support at all.
"Of course, this takes some out of scope for support where they were receiving it previously!"
Eligible Energy and Trade Intensive Industries (known as ETII) will receive further support and the discount will apply to 70% of their energy volumes. A full list of these businesses and organisations can be found by downloading this Government PDF.
I feel that this announcement brings some welcome certainty for many struggling businesses, charities and public sector organisations. Yet the drop in support raises some red flags as to how some of my clients will cope.
Maybe the Government needs to ramp up its own investment into the UK's transition to Net Zero which could bring energy pricing down by switching to renewable sources?
The revised Energy Bills Discount Scheme does bring some relief though.
Until next time ...
ROGER EDDOWES Business Godparent
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Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.
Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.
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