Labour's plan would help struggling families this winter

Soaring energy prices are set to push a quarter of households into fuel poverty this winter.

What’s the Tory plan? A sticking plaster that would give more cash to energy giants and see the cost piled on struggling households for years.  Like the constituent who told me today they can already barely afford the essentials.

Labour would keep energy bills down now with a one-off windfall tax on oil & gas profits and targeted support for those in most need. If Shell can hand $8.5 billion to shareholders, they can pay to support those in most need.

We’d keep bills down in the future with proper investment in renewables and insulating Britain’s cold and leaky homes.

Sign Haringey Labour’s petition calling on the Government to stop the rise in energy bills and act to support struggling households.

In Education Questions in Parliament, I challenged Ministers on the specific impact of soaring energy prices on our schools.  One local primary school has told me their energy bill has gone up by £30,000 and they’ve received no extra funding to cover this cost.

Watch my question here:

I’ve submitted these Written Parliamentary Questions:

The Chancellor has announced a one-off £150 council tax rebate and a £200 LOAN for households. In particular, some constituents are alarmed that they will be forced to repay the £200 loan, even if energy prices continue to rise in the next 3-5 years. Others have told me the £150 council tax rebate is a drop in the ocean, compared to rising household bills and the planned increase in taxes. Recently, one constituent told me: “Even before the surge in energy prices many people like me have been struggling to afford the essentials.”

Labour has continuously urged the government not to make abrasive cuts, such as the £20 cut to Universal Credit, and instead to increase wages and other financial support for people during this difficult period. With inflation set to reach an historic 7% in April 20222, competent government intervention is needed more than ever. Last year, I wrote to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to urge her to tackle the rising cost of living and to provide urgent grants to vulnerable and elderly people. I was very disappointed with the Minister’s response; it is obvious that the government does not have a plan in place.

We believe the government should be doing more to bring down the cost of gas and electric bills, increasing rents and weekly food shops. Oil and gas producers are expected to report “near record” income in 2021/22, and this month, Shell announced their annual profits have quadrupled. Yet this Government has described them as “struggling” and has refused to introduce a Windfall Tax on North Sea Oil and Gas. Profits from North Sea Oil and Gas are currently taxed at 30% Corporation Tax plus a 10% corporation tax supplementary charge. Labour has called on the government to increase the rate of tax from 40% to 50%. This would raise at least £1.2bn. Instead, the government is planning on taxing working people and businesses.

As per this Tory government, Boris Johnson would prefer to dig his heels in than act like a leader – he lives in a complete bubble and does not understand the harsh financial decisions families are making between buying enough food or keeping the house warm.

Please do get in touch with my office if you are experiencing difficulty with paying your bills or if you want to share your views on how the government is tackling the cost of living crisis.

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