The Bishop of St Albans received the following written answers on 17th November 2022:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans asked His Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Benyon on 31 October (HL2654), what specific provisions the Energy Bill Relief Scheme contains to support farming businesses; and what estimate they have made of the impact of that scheme on farming businesses.
Lord Callanan (Con): The Energy Bill Relief Scheme is available to all eligible non-domestic energy customers, including businesses, charities and the public sector and will provide a discount on the wholesale costs of gas and electricity. This includes farming businesses on eligible non-domestic energy supply contracts.
The Lord Bishop of St Albans asked His Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help those who rely on oil or liquefied petroleum gas to heat their homes; and what plans they have, if any, to extend the energy price cap to oil and liquefied petroleum gas.
Lord Callanan: Households reliant on oil or Liquefied Petroleum Gas to heat their homes will receive the Alternative Fuel Payment (AFP).
The AFP will ensure that households which do not benefit from the Energy Price Guarantee, receive support for the cost of the fuel they use.
Households eligible for these payments in Great Britain will receive £100 as a credit on their electricity bill this winter. Households who are eligible but do not have a relationship with an electricity supplier will receive the £100 via the AFP Alternative Fund.
The Government has no plans for a price cap on alternative fuels.