Care England has written to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to call for special energy measures for care home providers.
The letter asks for the following:
- The adult social care sector must be recognised as ‘vulnerable’ in the upcoming three-month Energy Bill Relief Scheme review
- Zero-rate VAT for the care sector
- Security deposits and risk premiums need to be underwritten by energy providers benefitting from wholesale rates
- £400 energy bill discount applied to those in receipt of care
- National voltage regulation
- Cease unnecessary burning of coal
- Assess the one-price energy pricing system
- Waive penalty charges
- Support package for alternative energy sources.
A new Energy Bill Relief Scheme will provide energy bill relief for non-domestic customers, including care homes, in Great Britain, subject to review on 1 January 2023. At that point, only sectors considered ‘vulnerable’ will continue to benefit.
Although the term is yet to be defined, Care England states that care providers are not currently considered as such and are facing the withdrawal of Government support.
To support care providers, Care England is hosting an energy webinar for members on Thursday 6 October between 12:00 and 13:00. Registration is online.