Cut energy bills in April and tax the oil and gas bosses' bonus bonanza
Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey is demanding the Chancellor cancels plans to hike the average household energy bill by £500 in April, and cuts people’s bills instead.
Energy bills have hit record highs. People are being forced to choose between heating and eating. Businesses face closure. Schools, hospitals, and public services are being pushed into difficult choices.
Meanwhile, oil and gas companies like BP and Shell are making record profits off the back of high bills.
The Conservative’s failure to invest in renewable energy and to insulate our homes has led directly to this energy crisis.
And their cosy relationships with the oil and gas industry sees those companies let off the hook with exemptions and loopholes allowing them to avoid the windfall tax.
Under the government’s plans energy bills will be going up not down. Their budget withdrew the £400 energy grant, which was given to all households last year.
Meanwhile, they’ve cut energy support for businesses by 85%, putting at risk our pubs, restaurants, public services and farms.
Continuing as we are now isn’t an option. We have to act to solve this energy crisis for the long term.
That’s why today Liberal Democrat members have passed new policy:
Liberal Democrat plans would cut energy bills for consumers and businesses, reduce emissions and set Britain on a path to a sustainable future.