Jubilee+ Response to the Prime Minister's Announcement
Jubilee+ welcomes the measures announced today by new Prime Minister Liz Truss, though we call on her to urgently target more support to those on the lowest incomes this winter.
Charities across the country have been campaigning for urgent action to relieve the plight of those living on the lowest incomes with little hope of affording their energy bills at their current rate.
We are glad the Prime Minister has listened to these concerns and ensured households will be supported, and we welcome the energy price cap announced today. This will see energy bills for a typical household capped at £2,500 per year for next two years. Today’s plan will see the average household saving £1,000 a year (compared to what was expected from 1st October), and comes on top of the £400 energy bill discount already announced. This means the typical fuel bill is almost twice what it was a year ago.
Following on from these emergency measures we still need greater support in place for those who are already in arrears, and we would ask her to announce future provision in plenty of time to help people prepare, and not fear for the coming months.
We call for the Prime Minister to be bold and reconsider a windfall tax on energy firms’ profits. We would like to see people who choose to opt out of the energy price cap support by a specific date, to pass on their saving so that money can be redistributed to those in greatest need.
Earlier this week, Jubilee+ CEO Natalie Williams wrote in Premier Christianity about how she hopes the new Prime Minister will have compassion and an appropriate sense of outrage. We have spoken with people who have nearly died from hypothermia because they couldn’t afford to heat their home properly. Others are cutting back on their food intake to meet the cost of rising fuel bills. Research from the Trussell Trust shows that 40% of people claiming Universal Credit are skipping meals to survive.
We hope for more from Prime Minister Liz Truss and that under her leadership, we have a government that does not forget about the needs of the most vulnerable in our nation.