Pre-Budget Report Measures ‘may help’ debtors

Those struggling with debt management may find themselves coping better as a result of measures set forth by the government in its Pre-Budget Report, which was issued today (Wednesday).

This is according to Jenny Saunders, the chief executive of National Energy Action, a fuel poverty charity, who noted that the Warm Front Scheme – which is bringing in an additional investment of £150 million – will provide assistance to those most vulnerable.

However, she went on to note that, although the proposals will go some way in cutting carbon, preserving energy jobs and helping poorer households, they also “fall well short of what is required” in order for the government to meet their own targets for energy policy.

Regardless, the NEA welcomed the announcement by Alastair Darling that resources will be increased to help reduce bills for those who are at a disadvantage.

Ms Saunders comments follow those of uSwitch’s Ann Robinson, who recently predicted that action by Ofgem will lead to a rise in tariffs of £4.30 a year.

By Sarah Adie


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