Will Forster: Save families in Woking from £500 energy bill rise in April
Councillor Will Forster, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Woking, is demanding the Government cancel plans to hike the average household energy bill by £500 in April, and bring in a tax on the "bonanza bonuses" of oil and gas bosses.
The party is calling for cuts to people's bills instead, combined with a new energy support package for businesses, leisure centres, schools and hospitals across Woking.
In April the Conservatives are planning to hike the energy price guarantee by £500.
The Lib Dem plans would mean that in Woking the average household would be £544.39 better off. In total, Woking would save a huge £21,670,701.
Woking's Lib Dems have said new price hikes now will be a "hammer blow" to families and businesses already struggling and that action is needed now to save people from a "cost of living cliff-edge."
Nationally, the Lib Dems have set out their plan to tackle the energy crisis including:
- A windfall tax on oil and gas companies to raise billions of pounds
- A cancellation of the Governments £500 energy bill rise in April
- A one-off bonus tax on oil and gas executives
- Doubling the Warm Homes Discount to £300
- A U-turn on plans to slash energy bill support for businesses, leisure centres, schools and hospitals by 85%, and instead extend current levels of support for another six months.
Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking, Will Forster, said:
"The Conservatives' plan to hike energy bills in April will come as a hammer blow to families in Woking already struggling with soaring mortgages and rents, shopping bills and tax rises."
"With no plan to deal with this cost of living crisis for people or businesses, this chaotic, out-of-touch Government is instead making it much worse because they just don't get it."
"People need real support and that's what the Lib Dems are calling for. Sadly, to add insult to injury Rishi Sunak is happy for energy bosses to rake in millions of pounds in bonanza bonuses, while families struggle to put food on the table or heat their homes."
Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey added:
"Rishi Sunak must act now to save families from a cost-of-living cliff edge, by cutting energy bills instead of increasing them. People deserve a fair deal - with a large cut to their energy bills, paid for by a proper windfall tax and a one-off levy on the bonuses of oil and gas bosses."