The Bishop of Durham received the following written answer on 8th December 2022:
The Lord Bishop of Durham asked His Majesty’s Government, further to the recommendation in the report by THEOS A Torn Safety Net, published on 7 November, whether they plan to introduce a cap on energy prices in community spaces to provide support for communities.
Lord Callanan (Con): Applying a price cap in the non-domestic market would be impractical given the number of different contractual arrangements, range of prices offered, number of meter / location combinations impacting non-energy costs, and the risk of distorting the market.
The Energy Bill Relief Scheme came into force on the 1 November to provide a discount on energy bills for all eligible non-domestic customers, including community spaces on non-domestic tariffs. It is designed to offer an equivalent level of support to the Energy Price Guarantee for domestic customers and will initially cover energy use from 1 October 2022 to 31 March 2023.
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