On the 17 October, the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, announced a reversal of most measures contained in the September mini budget, including major changes to income tax rates and cuts to corporation tax.
The Energy Price Guarantee was reduced in scope. The scheme was originally in place for two years, but it’s now running for six months (with a review taking place to determine the level of support that will be in place beyond April 2023).
The high price of energy means that the UK Government is still facing steep costs. Despite this, we’re yet to see a major government focus to drive down energy use. This would have a clear benefit.
Recent analysis from the Social Market Foundation shows that if UK energy consumption fell by 20%-30% by adopting a German-style energy reduction drive, the average household would save around £260-£400 a year. This would also save the government up to £9.3bn on the cost of the Energy Price Guarantee.