I believe that this is one of the biggest problems facing the country at the moment. There are already 4 million homes in the UK living in fuel poverty, and the charity National Energy Action estimates that another 2 million could join them by Spring if action is not taken to address this issue. Sadly, the Government is failing to act.
When questioned, Ministers continue to say that the energy cap remains in place and that schemes already exist to help people in fuel poverty, including the Warm Home Discount, Winter Fuel Payments, and Cold Weather Payments.
However, it is widely expected that Ofgem will raise the price cap in April, perhaps by as much as 51%, and as time goes by, Ministers are sounding more and more tone-deaf to the situation of millions of ordinary people.
In contrast, Labour MPs have called for a windfall tax on North Sea oil and gas producers, to pay for a cut of £200 to the average household energy bill. Our proposals would also include a £600m contingency fund to support struggling firms and energy intensive industries, which are at risk of going under.
I have written to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, and called on him to abandon his complacency and act now to help millions of households across the country with their rising energy bills. I have posted a copy of this letter below for you to see.