Rishi Sunak’s £1bn fund is ‘pitiful’ says Dave Mountford
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Rishi Sunak was challenged to produce “more constructive ways” to help Britons slapped with a hefty rise in energy costs. The Chancellor was put on the spot on Sky News to support moves such as slashing VAT on fuel to help ease the increased cost of warming homes this winter.
Mr Sunak told Sky News: “Of course, we have a range of different ways to help people with energy bills.
“I’m always listening and I want to make sure that the policies we’ve got in place to help people as we have done and our track record, I think shows that we’re always there to support people over the last year or two.”
He was challenged by a Sky News reporter who said: “The Treasury is reluctant to release funds to help people out.
“Could more not be done, cutting VAT on fuel, things like that? Surely there are more constructive ways that we could help people more directly.”
Mr Sunak replied: “Of course I understand people’s anxiety and concern about energy bills in particular – that’s why we’ve put in place a series of ways to help people with energy bills.
“We announced half a billion pounds towards the end of last year to help millions of families – £100-150 to help them get through the winter.
“We’ve got something called the warm homes discount, which discounts energy bills by £140, we’ve got something called the warm homes for pensioners, we have got the cold weather payments as well, winter fuel discounts, hundreds of pounds worth of help.
“So there is support there for people but of course we’re always listening, making sure the policy we’ve got will support people in the way we want it to, and that’s what our track record over the last year or two shows.”
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