Ofgem has updated the level of the safeguard tariff, which protects 5 million households from being overcharged, based on the latest estimated costs of supplying energy.

From October 1, the level of the safeguard tariff will rise by £47 per year for dual fuel customers to £1,136.

Ofgem is currently working to put in place a price cap for the remaining estimated 11 million households on poor value default tariffs by the end of the year following publication of a statutory consultation later this month.

The main driver of higher wholesale costs has been in the increase in the global oil price, which has risen by from $50 per barrel to $75 per barrel since this time last year. As the price of the gas Britain imports from Norway and the rest of Europe is linked to the oil price this has pushed up the price of gas which heats our homes and is also used gas fired power stations to provide around 40% of our electricity. In addition to this there have been increases in the cost of carbon trading which again has made the gas and coal we use more expensive.

It is also estimated that the majority of households are not benefiting from the option to switch suppliers.

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Did you know that if you spend £60 or more (until Sunday 26th August) in a single transaction for online groceries or instore you will receive a voucher for 10p a litre for either petrol or diesel to use at the Tesco filling station?

When you've paid for your groceries in-store, your shopping receipt will automatically include a fuel discount coupon. If you're an online customer, you'll receive a leaflet containing the fuel coupon when your groceries are delivered or when you Click+Collect. Please keep this receipt or coupon safe as you'll need it to claim your 10p off per litre on fuel at your local Tesco petrol station.

If you spend instore, your voucher will be valid for 14 days, if you spend online, you'll get your voucher when you get your groceries and it'll be valid until 9 September.

When you go to fill up please remember to take your coupon with you.

Pay for your fuel in the petrol station kiosk and hand over your coupon at the checkout to receive your discount.

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The Dream Fund will open for applications on Monday 16th July and the online form will be available to access from this page.

The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. We ask charitable organisations across Great Britain to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project.

The Dream Fund encourages collaboration between charities and good causes, bringing them together to apply for funding to finance their dream project – an idea they have always wanted to deliver but never had the opportunity to develop.

The guidance notes including details of this year's funding priorities are available here:


  • Applications must be innovative, creative and original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream’.
  • Applications must come from a partnership of at least two charitable organisations, one of which will be designated as the lead.
  • The lead partner organisation MUST be a registered charity.  The main grant contact will be with this organisation.
  • The other partners can be registered charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.
  • Local authorities and public sector bodies are NOT eligible to apply, either as lead or partber organisations
  • Applicants are eligible to apply ONCE per funding round, either as a lead or a partner organisation. This restriction also applies to organisations that have multiple branches, e.g. different branches in Scotland and England.
  • Please note that we have restrictions regarding income levels of applicants. The lead partner in any application must have an annual income that is at least two times the amount applied for.
    • For example, if you are applying for £500,000 then the lead partner’s annual income must be at least £1 million in the last audited accounts.
    • If you are applying for £1 million then the lead partner’s annual income must be at least £2 million in the last audited accounts.
    • There is no maximum upper limit regarding the annual income of applicants.
    • The minimum amount charities may apply for is £500,000.
  • We encourage applicants to think big and be as creative as possible when submitting their application. If you have an idea for the Dream Fund it is always worth contacting the Dream Fund helpdesk and seeing if your project is suitable before applying.





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