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Energy Act 2010

Part 2: Schemes for Reducing Fuel Poverty

These provisions create the framework for schemes that will oblige energy  suppliers to provide benefits to vulnerable consumers, for the purposes of reducing fuel poverty, when the current Voluntary Agreement(1) with energy suppliers comes to an end in March 2011. An integral part of these schemes will be social price support which, subject to consultation, will be in the form of an electricity bill rebate to a specified group of households.


Government negotiated an agreement with the energy suppliers that will deliver £125m spend on social programmes for vulnerable consumers in 2009-10, rising to £150m in 2010-11.

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