Rochdale MP, Tony Lloyd, has slammed the Conservatives for a decade of dither, delay and poor planning on Britain’s energy sector – as well as calling for a windfall tax on North oil and gas to stop energy bills rising over the next year.
To address the immediate crisis, Tony has said Labour would bring in fully-funded measures now to reduce the expected price rise in April – saving most households in Rochdale around £200 or more.
Tony said, “Families and businesses are facing an energy price crisis because a decade of failed Conservative energy policy has left us deeply vulnerable as a country.
“Labour wants to stop bills going up. That’s why Labour would give families security by taking fully-funded measures to save most households around £200 or more.
“We’d also target extra support on top of that for the struggling families, pensioners and lowest earners – saving over 20,000 households in Rochdale up to £600 off their bills in total.
“But we need more than short-term relief. Labour’s plan to keep energy bills lower in future would see us accelerate home-grown renewables and new nuclear, retrofit 19 million homes to save households an average of £400 a year on their bills, and reform our broken energy system.”
Labour would increase and expand the Warm Home’s Discount, targeting extra support to struggling families, pensioners and the lowest earners, saving 24,977 households in Rochdale up to £600 off bills in total, and preventing all of the increase in energy bills currently expected.
Labour would pay for this plan with a one-off windfall tax on North Sea Oil and Gas producers who have profited from price rises.
Notes to Editors
· Constituency breakdown attached
· Labour’s policy would increase Warm Homes Discount to £400 and extend it to middle-income households claiming Universal Credit, Legacy Benefits or Pension Credit
· Data on the numbers eligible for Labour’s Warm Homes Discount offer are based on figures published by the House of Commons Library, referring to August 2021, and a data extract from the Department for Work and Pensions Stat-Xplore database, referring to May 2021