“Stalling in the face of a national emergency” – Richard Foord MP

Tiverton & Honiton MP Richard Foord has called on the Government to spare people from soaring energy bills by cancelling October’s price cap increase, accusing the Conservatives of “stalling in the face of a national emergency”. The plan would save a typical household in East Devon an extra £1,869.88 a year, and a typical household in Mid Devon an extra £1,931.85.

Lewis Clarke www.devonlive.com

The 70 per cent increase in the energy price cap expected to be announced by Ofgem later this month would be cancelled, with the Government instead paying the shortfall to energy suppliers so that they can afford to supply customers at the current rates.

He says this would mean a total estimated saving £173 million off their electricity and gas bills across the two local authorities. £115 million in East Devon and £57 million in Mid Devon respectively. The Liberal Democrats say the estimated £36 billion cost should be met by expanding the windfall tax on oil and gas company profits, and using the Government’s higher-than-expected VAT revenues as a result of soaring inflation.

The party is also calling for more targeted support for vulnerable and low-income households. This would include doubling the Warm Homes Discount to £300 and extending it to all those on Universal Credit and Pension Credit, while investing in insulating fuel poor homes to bring prices down in the long term.

Richard Foord, Liberal Democrat MP for Tiverton and Honiton, said: “People across our part of Devon are already struggling to make ends meet. Many are deeply concerned about how they will cope with the predicted rise in energy bills – which are set to soar by almost 70 per cent.

“This Conservative Government is stalling in the face of a national emergency. Yet again they are neglecting their duty to the country and not doing enough to put money back into people’s pockets, so they can pay their bills. Countless families and pensioners across East and Mid Devon are already struggling. They need help now and cannot afford to wait weeks for a new Conservative leader to act. This is an emergency, and the Government must step in now to help families and pensioners across Devon by cancelling the planned rise in energy bills this October.”

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