Families face ‘dire’ winter as energy bills rise, minister admits

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Some families are facing “serious conditions” this winter energy bill Rises and rises in £20-a-week pandemic universal credit Has been dismissed, accepted by a minister.

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Lady Stedman-Scott, Minister for Work and Pensions, also indicated that she and her aides are trying to get more support for poor families who risk being hit hardest.

He entered Lord’s when challenged by peers to outline how the minister would avoid the “crisis of the cost of living”. end of uc risehandjob increase in energy prices And Rising inflation.

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She highlighted a £500 million aid package over the next six months, although she told peers she could not make any commitments that other government aid would be offered.

Further pressure was placed on how to support the families over the winter, with Lady Stedman-Scott responding: “I will go back and make the point, as I have already done on a regular basis and other colleagues in the dire circumstances of the situation.” told about it.”

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The conservative Lord Cormack intervened, insisting: “Does (Lady Stedman-Scott) agree that anyone who likes her is a genuine One Nation Tory who is somewhat embarrassed?”

The minister replied: “Sometimes we find things more difficult than others, how shall I answer that.

“But I am very proud of the way this government has responded with our plan for jobs.”

The leader of the Lords of Labour, Baroness Smith of Basildon warned that families and businesses are “really struggling”, with some facing the choice of “heating or eating”.

Lady Stedman-Scott said the government is “deeply aware of the difficulties” posed by rising food and energy costs.

She continued: “We have, without difficulty, started this domestic support fund, which is £500 million and is covered until the end of March, so it’s six months.

“As always, the government will continue to assess the situation and that’s the best I can give you right now.”

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