Jardine secures UK Government promise to address unfair energy standing charges

25 May 2023

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has secured a pledge to address regional differences in electricity standing charges after meeting with a UK energy minister.

Consumers in Southern Scotland currently pay 60% more than those in London with only one other region in the UK (North Wales and Mersey) paying a higher standing charge.

Gas standing charges are the same across the UK.

In a meeting with Nuclear and Networks Minister Andrew Bowie MP, Ms Jardine pointed out that in a cost of living crisis the standing charges disproportionately affect those on lower incomes and exacerbate and already difficult situation for many.  

Christine said: 

“I was delighted that the minister agreed that it is an area that has to be addressed, although he was not able to give any detail of what the government might have in mind.

“Action on this could make a difference to many of my constituents who have had months of coping with high energy bills and a rocketing cost of living while knowing they are paying more in standing charges than many others.

“It seems unfair that anyone, anywhere in the country should have to pay considerably more. That is why I have brought this issue to the Government in search of a resolution. 

“I am grateful that the Minister is going to take things on, but assurances are one thing, and I will wait to see how this issue is actually addressed, and charges fall.”

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