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Read your meter today, warns council, as utility prices rise on October 1


Sep 30, 2022

People should read their energy meter today so they only pay the new higher rates from 1 October, advises Oxford City Council.

The Government has frozen average energy bills at £2,500 a year until 2024 in a bid to protect all households from soaring gas and electricity prices.

The "Energy Price Guarantee" starts from October 1.

However, the guarantee is a maximum price per unit of gas and electricity, so households which consume more than the average will see their bills higher than that.

The City Council is offering support including helping people apply for benefits, energy advice and support, managing debt and payment plans, cost-saving food services and housing support for council and private tenants.

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The council can be contacted on 01865 249 811 or residents can view the Cost of Living directory online or at local advice centres, libraries and community centres.

The council is also working to create warm spaces and will map places and events that can provide warm and welcoming spaces through the colder months.

Last week the County Council approved a plan for libraries to be used and the City Council is looking at opportunities for community and leisure centres to do the same.

Councillor Shaista Aziz, cabinet member for Inclusive Communities and Culture, said: “This winter will be hard on so many people. We are doing all we can to support people in Oxford, working with partners as we did during the pandemic, because we know we can do so much more when we work together.”

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