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Energy Supply: Fees and Charges

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of households on social tariffs for (a) gas and (b) electricity. (320518)

Ofgem publish annual estimates of the number of customer accounts on social tariffs.

http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/Sustainability/SocAction/Suppliers/CSR/Documents1/Monitoring_suppliers_social_spend_2008_09_final.pdf

At the end of March 2009, over 1 million customer accounts were on social tariffs, an increase of 118 per cent. from 460,000 customer accounts on social tariffs as at 31 March 2008.

Of the 1 million (1,004,000) customer accounts on social tariffs at the end of March 2009, 493,000 were for electricity; 470,000 were for gas and 41,000 were for duel fuel.