Why didn’t the government act on energy price cap increase earlier? It’s what we expected!

Martin Lewis: he’s been saying the government has been able to predict the rise in the energy price cap for months – so why hasn’t it acted to protect vulnerable people yet?

Here’s a good question, posed by a Facebook friend of This Writer:

“Why [announce the inflation-dictated energy price cap rise in] October? Is that because the inflation rate, by which pensions are increased the following April, is set in September?

“Whether its intended that way or not (and I’m a cynic, I’d say it is), pensioners won’t get the inflation rise caused by October’s and April’s energy price rises – until April 2024 – having to go a whole year with insufficient money.

“It might apply to other benefits too.”

Can you see anything wrong with the reasoning here – especially when we knew the rise was coming and could predict exactly what it would be.

That’s what Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis says, anyway (along with very many other pertinent points) in this clip:

So there’s no reason for the government to deprive pensioners (and possibly benefit recipients) of inflation-linked pensions and benefits – or, indeed, to have delayed mitigating measures until after a new prime minister is sworn in.

And now we know that – possibly at least in part because of this failure – the number of people in fuel poverty, spending more than 10 per cent of their income on energy bills, is likely to almost double, from 4.3 million to 8.9 million within 12 months.

The price cap is now set to rise from £1,971 per year to £3,549 per year on October 1, and is projected to rise to an excruciating peak of £6,616 – almost double again what it is rising to reach in October.

Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi has said options for further household support packages are being drawn up – but we are also expected to cut our electricity use by between 15 and 30 per cent, according to our means.

To me, this suggests that the Tories are preparing to blame members of the public if they die of cold this winter, by pretending that they didn’t cut their energy use enough.

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One Comment

  1. Hecuba August 27, 2022 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Fascist tories mantra has always been ‘not our problem guv – it’s always your problem peasants!’ Fascist tories have also always believed our public money is their private little money tree. This is why the fascist tories constantly declaim ‘we won’t be giving hand outs to you peasants!

    The ones receiving incessant ‘handouts’ are fascist dictator duck johnson, Liz Truss, Rushi Sunak et al all of them are scroungers and according themselves ‘handouts’ from our public purse!

    Don’t expect the fascist tories to act soon to prevent dire poverty because this is precisely what they want to happen and even better if all us ‘peasants’ die this winter! The remaining ‘peasants’ can continue working for nothing in order to keep the fascist tories warm and cosy during the winter months!

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