The Government does not appear to have yet come up with any new ways to help Brits afford their growing energy bills.
Boris Johnson met with energy firms today to discuss the climbing price cap -setting the UK up for a ‘challenging winter’.
But the roundtable does not seem to have been especially fruitful, as the prime minister instead reminded the public of the Government’s existing support afterwards.
He tweeted: ‘I know people are worried about the difficult winter ahead, which is why we are providing support – including a £400 energy bill discount for all households.
‘This morning I urged electricity companies to continue working on ways to help with the cost of living.’
Mr Johnson then said in a statement: ‘Following our meeting today, we will keep urging the electricity sector to continue working on ways we can ease the cost-of-living pressures and to invest further and faster in British energy security.’
Mr Zahawi added: ‘In the spirit of national unity, they agreed to work with us to do more to help the people who most need it.’
The Treasury has said Mr Johnson believes it is up to his successor to ‘make significant fiscal decisions’, and the acting prime minister seems to be sticking to that position.
Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon criticised the Government for being ‘missing in action’ on the issue.
She said: ‘When we look ahead at what is projected to happen with energy costs, this is not just a situation of families feeling a squeeze and having to tighten their belts in order to meet higher bills.
‘There are going to be many, many families who simply cannot pay these bills because they don’t have the wherewithal to do it. That is the magnitude and the severity of the emergency that’s being faced.
‘It’s of a different nature to the Covid pandemic but, actually, I think is on a similar scale to the emergency that that created and if it’s not tackled with serious urgent action, we’re going to see increasing deprivation, suffering. We’re going to see undoubtedly loss of life.’
Money expert Martin Lewis spoke about the situation with similar urgency when he likened the energy crisis to a natural disaster.
He said: ‘A volcano erupting is an emergency that risks lives, this is a financial emergency that risks lives’.
Energy companies insist there is little they can do, despite many recording huge profits recently.
Auxilione said: ‘Today the UK Government has called energy companies in to try and find a way to bring down prices.
‘It seems there is little appreciation just how impossible that task is and neither have control over this in such a globally-influenced market.’
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