Garages to need support “far beyond” government Energy Bill Relief Scheme

Published:  22 September, 2022

The industry has continued to react to the announcement of government support for businesses on energy costs, which was announced by Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg yesterday (Wednesday 21 September).

Through the new Energy Bill Relief Scheme, the government is providing a Supported Wholesale Price for businesses at £211 per MWh for electricity and £75 per MWh for gas, initially for six months between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023.

The IGA has warned that the this will only be the beginning, and that further support will be required to enable independent garages push through the winter and beyond. IGA CEO Stuart James commented: “We are pleased that the government has finally introduced support for businesses to help them with the extortionate cost of energy, following our communications with Chancellor and Secretary of State. However, small businesses like garages will need help far beyond the next six months to keep their doors open, protect jobs and help prevent accidents on our roads.”

He added: “Independent garages provide vital, affordable services that keep the UK’s vehicles roadworthy and roads safe, however we are already seeing reports that motorists are avoiding MOTs and car repairs to save money amidst the rising cost of living. If garages are forced to raise their prices significantly to cover their energy costs in the near future, this could seriously impact road safety throughout the UK.”

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