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Rishi Sunak is accused of blocking plans to increase the ‘rebate’ on energy bills to £500

The Chancellor has failed to take up an official’s suggestion – revealed in a leaked document – to more than double the refundable rebate from £200 to £500. It is believed never to have been officially filed

In his spring statement, Rishi Sunak announced no new aid for energy bills
In his spring statement, Rishi Sunak announced no new aid for energy bills

Rishi Sunak has been accused of blocking plans to more than double the ‘rebate’ on £200 energy bills.

All households will receive a £200 rebate on their bills in October, which must then be repaid over five years.

A leaked document now shows an official suggestion “that we could strengthen the recently announced rebate system”.

This could include “increasing the size of the rebate from, say, £200 to £500 or more – either for all low-energy households or only for low-energy households,” reads the paper made available to the newspaper i.

The document is believed to have come from an Commerce Department official who was asked about options on what else the government could do and was never formally submitted.







A leaked document now shows an official suggestion “that we could strengthen the recently announced rebate system”.
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But the idea has not yet been announced by the Tory Chancellor, despite announcing tax cuts in his spring statement.

The leaked document also suggested that the government could delay the point at which the rebate must be paid back.

It could also extend the repayment period or exclude the poorest from repaying the money, the document said.

Critics say the £200 doesn’t touch the sides of the £693 annual increase in energy bills this month – let alone a further rise expected on October 1st.

Angry billpayers have also complained that it’s a loan they never signed.

It’s understood the idea of ​​increasing the rebate to over £200 isn’t dead forever, as the official was asked about his ideas for the run-up to another hike in energy bills on October 1st.

That’s almost six months away, and the Treasury Department hasn’t ruled out further help.

But Boris Johnson warned yesterday: “We need to be open with people, there is a limit to the amount of taxpayer money we can muster simply to deal with global energy price spikes.”

A Government spokesman said: “We understand people are struggling as the cost of living rises – we cannot protect everyone from the global challenges we face, but we are putting billions of pounds back into the pockets of hard-working families around the world UNITED KINGDOM.

“We’re taking action worth over £22billion over the next financial year to help people with the cost of their energy bills and ensure people keep more of their money, including raising social security thresholds, putting a typical worker over £330 saves income by £1,000 per year for an average full-time worker by raising the National Living Wage and helping low-income families keep more of what they earn by lowering the Universal Credit Taper Rate.

“We have developed a bold energy strategy that will reduce our dependence on energy sources exposed to volatile international prices, meaning we can enjoy greater self-sufficiency with cheaper bills.”

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