No extra help for families facing ‘very difficult winter’, Downing Street says

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Despite warnings of a “very hard winter” by the cabinet minister, No 10 says the huge gas price hike will not provide any additional help for the families affected.

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Business Secretary Quasi Quarteng acknowledged the impact on “vulnerable” households, also facing the prospect of a Universal Credit cut and tax hikes next year.

And Damien Green, the former de facto deputy prime minister, is among the Tories concerned about the rising cost of making “a very, very difficult time for hundreds of thousands of people.”


But Downing Street rejected the idea of ​​”any additional help”, saying: ‘We already have plans in place to help people over the winter.

Boris Johnson’s deputy spokesman pointed to “a range of support we already have available to people over the winter to help support them with energy payments”.

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They are “hot home rebates, winter fuel payments, cold weather payments, which will continue to support millions of vulnerable and low-income families with their energy bills”.

Asked why – if those measures are enough – Mr Kwarteng is warning of “a very hard winter”, the spokesman said: “We want to get the better of the pandemic and the prime minister has taken steps to level up across the country.” Committed to.”

For someone on a standard variable tariff, from the following month Offgame raised the price limit from £1,138 per year to £1,277, after which the cost of living was reduced.

But this does not take into account current rising wholesale prices – which are expected to push the cap above £1,500 next April, said an energy price comparison website.

Richard Neudeg, head of regulation at the website uswich Be warned: “There’s a timebomb where it could escalate again in April and consumers are already struggling to pay bills.”

Meanwhile, the £20-a-week Universal Credit is set to go ahead with next month, after a last-gasp move by senior Tories in the Commons on Monday failed.

Granthshala revealed on Sunday that after cabinet minister Alok Sharma said the price cap would remain in place – but critics say it is not enough.

Mr Green suggested that around 500,000 people would be at risk this winter, adding: “These are people many of whom are already working very hard to keep their families head above water.

“The £20 cut already was going to be difficult for them. Now we see that we will get rising energy prices, and we have already seen that the rise in inflation is faster than in a generation.

“There are likely very, very difficult times ahead for hundreds of thousands of people in this country.”


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