MP Margaret Greenwood has spoken in Parliament saying people are scared of how they will spend this winter, and she called on the government to come up with a big boost in support for people in the face of rising utility bills ‘energy.
The MP for Wirral West was speaking in response to a statement made in Parliament by Conservative Energy Minister Greg Hands.
The statement was described as “amazing vagueness and complacency” by Labour’s shadow energy minister Alan Whitehead, who added that “we need urgent action now”.
Margaret Greenwood has called on the minister to give assurances that he will impress upon new Prime Minister Liz Truss the scale of the disaster we face if the government does not come up with a major increase in support for people facing the increase in energy bills.
Last month, Labor announced a plan to freeze energy bills in a measure the party says will save households £1,000 this winter. It would be paid for by taxing oil and gas producers who are making record profits.
It has been reported that under plans currently being considered by the government, a typical energy bill could be capped at around £2,500, but it is unclear how long this support would last. A government announcement is expected later this week.
MP Margaret Greenwood said: “A lot of people are very scared of what this winter has in store for us due to soaring energy costs.
“People I spoke to told me they faced tough choices when it came to their household budget.
“A woman with long-term health issues has written to me saying that she will probably have to get rid of her car – which is vital for her to get to her medical appointments – in order to pay her bills. Others say they simply won’t be able to heat their homes.
“It is desperately worrying for so many people, including the elderly, those with children and those with long-term health conditions and disabilities.
“We are potentially facing a humanitarian catastrophe.
“It is vital that the government comes up with a plan to tackle the energy cost crisis as a matter of urgency.”