A Brighton MP has called for action to protect people and businesses from high energy bills after a care home company told him it was facing a fivefold increase in costs.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labor MP for Brighton Kemptown, was shocked to hear the local care home operator was being paid £790,000 a year for its energy bills, down from £152,000.
In a tweet, Mr Russell-Moyle said: “We need to stop pretending this is all out of our control. Other countries are taking action to protect people. The Tories are driving us over the edge of a cliff.”
His comments come after energy regulator Ofgem announced an increase in the energy price cap from £1,917 a year to £3,549 from early October.
A care home just wrote to me saying their energy bill is £152,000 a year and they just said £790,000.
We need to stop pretending this is all out of our control.
Other countries are taking action to protect people.
The Tories are driving us over a cliff
— Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP🌹🏳️🌈 (@lloyd_rm) September 1, 2022
This followed an April price cap increase from £1,277 to £1,971. Forecasters expect further price increases in January and April, which could take household bills to more than £6,000 a year.
The price cap is the maximum amount that energy companies can charge and caps the base price for connection to the energy grid.
The Labor MP said the care company did not want to be named because it did not want to scare its residents.
He said: “The fact remains that the increase from £152,000 to £790,000 is an astronomical increase, but unfortunately it’s not uncommon for companies to be trying to secure a new energy tariff right now.
“We will see mass bankruptcy without any action and it will be done directly by this government itself.
“We have political solutions to these problems, but Conservatives suffer from decision paralysis, either from a lack of leadership or ideologically driven by a desire to let the free market destroy our economy.”
The council said: “The energy and livelihood crisis is already hitting many people in our city extremely hard.
“We are exploring all the avenues available to us to help people. We know only too well that the heaviest burden of this crisis rests on those who are least wealthy.
“The government’s budget support fund, local tax energy rebate and energy bill rebates have and will provide some support. A third round of the budget support fund is currently expected from October to March.
“While the draft guidance has been issued we are awaiting government confirmation of the level of support to be provided. We will prioritize the distribution of this fund once confirmed.”
The council added: “We all need clarity from the government on the support they will be offering to both individuals and councils.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20900841.brighton-mp-lloyd-russell-moyle-care-home-fuel-bill-rise/?ref=rss Brighton MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle on rising fuel bills for care homes