Social tariffs are energy plans specially designed for vulnerable customers – homeowners who are struggling to cope with the cost of their gas and electricity.
These tariffs are either the cheapest, or equal to the cheapest deals on the market. Some companies offer vulnerable customers their lowest standard gas and electricity prices, while others offer discounts on their standard tariffs, as well as money off energy efficiency and safety gadgets such as energy saving light bulbs.
Who provides them?
The following energy companies offer social tariffs to their most vulnerable customers:
- British Gas
- Scottish Power
- Scottish & Southern
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Is a social tariff suitable for me?
Social energy tariffs are aimed at helping vulnerable customers.
This includes people who:
- have a low annual income
- receive income support, housing benefit, council tax benefit or income-based jobseeker’s allowance
- are over the age of 60
- suffer from a chronic illness
- have a disability
If one of these applies to you, then you may should talk to your supplier and see if you can be moved to a cheaper energy tariff to help reduce your gas and electricity bills?