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According to national energy regulator Ofgem, British homeowners have accumulated record debts with electricity and gas companies totaling around £3 billion ($3.8 billion).
According to a study released on Friday, the total sum owing to energy suppliers has increased by £400 million since mid-October. According to the regulator, it is now at its highest level ever as a result of a combination of continued high wholesale energy costs and broader cost of living constraints, which have resulted in unpaid energy bills.
Ofgem announced a one-time price cap adjustment of £16 (equal to about £1.33 per month) to be paid between April 2024 and March 2025 as part of a plan to protect the energy market and consumers from the growing danger of ‘bad debt’. The regulator justified himself.
“We know that cost of living pressure is hitting people hard and this is evident in the increase in energy debt reaching record levels,” said Tim Jarvis, the director general for markets at Ofgem.
“The record level of debt in the system means we must take action to make sure suppliers can recover their reasonable costs, so the market remains resilient, and suppliers are offering consumers support in managing their debts,” he said.
However, some campaigners have criticised Ofgem’s intentions, arguing that energy corporations continue to make profits as customers struggle to pay their bills.
“This outrageous tax on energy consumers is simply not fair,” The Guardian quoted Simon Francis, coordinator of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition, as saying. “Energy suppliers have already made billions of dollars this year, while millions of people live in cold, damp homes.” The unprecedented amounts of energy debt are the result of Britain’s failing energy system, not the poor.