Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has today (8 September) welcomed the further financial support announced by the Prime Minister to help households and businesses with energy bills.
The plans include a domestic price cap of £2,500 for two years as well as a six-month price guarantee for businesses and public sector organisations. The support package builds on that announced in May which provided a £400 grant for households and further payments for pensioners and those on means-tested and disability benefits.
The Prime Minister also announced a long-term ambition for the UK to be a net energy exporter by 2040. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will set out how this will be achieved within the next couple of months.
Commenting on this Mr Jones said:
‘Today’s announcement to override Ofgem’s recent announcement and cap typical household energy bills at £2,500 for the next two years is a welcome step. Businesses and public sector organisations, such as schools and charities, will also have a six-month price guarantee having previously not had a cap at all.
‘Having looked at some of the quotes constituents have sent to me I know this will save many households a considerable amount of cash. I have also worked with ministers to raise the issue of those living ‘off the grid’. I was pleased to hear the Prime Minister confirm funding will be available for park homes or rural homes using heating oil.
‘In addition to the energy price guarantee there was focus on making our energy supply more resilient, and that was critical. Last week the world’s largest offshore wind farm opened off the East Yorkshire coast. Projects like this will ensure we achieve the goal using clean, renewable, domestic generation and move us forward on the journey to net zero by 2050. I was pleased to hear such strong confirmation of the importance of this target’