Scotland paying unacceptable price for Westminster failure on energy bill – SNP
Scottish SNP leader Westminster said the UK government is “paying an unacceptable price for Westminster’s failure” as it decides to freeze energy price guarantees.
president Jeremy Hunt It submitted its budget on Wednesday and said annual energy bills would be capped at £2,500 on average.
However, the £400 Energy Bill Assistance Scheme will be phased out.
according to the budget Budget Responsibility Office (OBR) estimates that typical household energy costs will exceed £2,000 through at least the winter of 2024/25.
Stephen Flynn says Scottish households will have to more than double their electricity bills in 2021 when the price cap is £1,138.
The OBR forecast also warns that UK real household disposable income (PHDI) is projected to decline by 6% between 2022/23 and 2023/24.
The Westminster SNP leader has urged the prime minister to lower his energy price guarantee.
“Scotland is a wealthy and energy-rich country, but families pay an unacceptable price for Westminster’s failure,” Flynn said. It is set so that an energy charge will be applied.
“The SNP asked the prime minister to cut his utility bills to save him £1,400, but the Tory government chose to abolish the £400 energy rebate and keep it at an exorbitant level. The pound is also in trouble.”
Aberdeen South MP, Labor Partysaid it had “fully supported” the energy cost freeze.
He added: “It’s not too late for the UK government to make a U-turn and cut the bill.
“It is unacceptable for Westminster to force Scottish families to pay through their noses at a time when energy companies are making record profits and wholesale gas prices are falling.
“The people of Scotland should not pay for Westminster’s mistakes.”
A spokesperson for the Department for Energy Security and NetZero said: “The fact that Scottish bill payers are receiving unprecedented support from the UK government does not remove fraud.”
“We will continue to support households as the mild weather sets in,” said a spokesperson.
“As announced in the Spring Budget, the energy price guarantee remains at £2,500 until the end of June 2023, including in Scotland.
“This means that the government pays about half of a typical household’s utility bills.
“The exact savings for consumers will depend on the amount of energy they use.”