John Palmer, Director of Policy and Communications at Independent Age said:
“Today’s announcement from Ofgem will not ease the worries of struggling older people. With energy bills still double what they were in 2020, the price of heating your home and keeping the lights on is still unmanageable for many in later life.
“Every day, we hear from older people terrified about how they will afford essentials. They’ve been trying to cope with sky-high energy and food costs for more than a year. Tragically, many are forced to make dangerous choices like skipping meals, not using their lights and turning off their heating in winter, all of which are especially unsafe for those over 65. We are also very concerned about pensioners on a low income with a disability, many of whom will have additional energy needs to manage their condition and are forced to put their health in danger.
“With more than 2 million older people already living in poverty, the government must do everything it can to help older people facing financial hardship with their energy bills.”