One in five households in the city could face fuel poverty this winter, according to a recent report.
According to the End Fuel Poverty Coalition, about 65,000 people in 27,000 households – equivalent to 20 per cent of Brighton and Hove households – will end up in fuel poverty as energy prices rise, up from 12 per cent in 2020.
Prime Minister Liz Truss is due to make a statement to Parliament later today, outlining measures to help people cope with rising energy costs.
She is expected to announce domestic electricity bills will be frozen to around £2,500 as part of a £150billion package.
That would still result in average household bills rising for consumers, with the current price cap set at £1,971.
Brighton Kemptown Labor MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle has urged the new Prime Minister to “get a handle on the situation” and said action should have been taken months ago to help people with the cost of living .
He said: “Behind each of these characters is a mother starving so her child can eat, or a pensioner sitting in a cold, dark room because he can’t afford his bills.
“These are our neighbors and it will happen on every street in Brighton this winter.
“Although our new Prime Minister has promised not to do anything, she now appears to be suggesting that she will freeze energy bills at around 200 per cent above 2021 prices.
“Not only does she have to get a handle on household bills; Without proper intervention in commercial energy prices, we will see inflation continue to rise, which will lower our standard of living.
“We need bold action and we needed it six months ago.”
Hove MP and Shadow Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Kyle said the energy poverty figures “really scare me”.
He said, “There isn’t a home in the whole city that isn’t feeling the sharp rise in energy bills this month.”
A spokesman for the End Fuel Poverty Coalition said the government needs “the right support, going to the right people”.
He said: “Government plans are focused on offering welcome universal support through a price freeze, but we also need additional help for the millions of energy poor households already struggling.”
Liz Truss is expected to address MPs around 11.30am to announce her plans to deal with the energy crisis.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/21220823.one-five-brighton-households-face-fuel-poverty—report/?ref=rss Energy poverty affects one in five households in Brighton – report