MP ALEX Sobel has condemned the government’s lack of response to the cost of living crisis saying that valued community organizations will be left to “pick up the pieces”.
The MP for Leeds North West spoke after it was announced that the energy price cap would rise from £1,971 to £3,549 a year.
Alex said: “I am receiving unprecedented amounts of correspondence regarding the cost of living crisis. Many people are experiencing or beginning to experience hardship due to soaring energy prices, rising fuel and food prices as well as a huge rise in interest rates. The situation looks set to get worse, especially during winter with soaring energy costs.
“Right now, millions of people, including young families and retirees, will not be able to afford to turn on the heating at all.
“I am disappointed with the level of support the government has offered to help with this situation and their refusal to consider further assistance until a new leader of the Conservative Party has been chosen. This Conservative government seems content with let the giant oil and gas producers make huge profits while workers and pensioners suffer.
“Additional aid should have already been announced so that the necessary work to update the relevant IT systems, such as the universal credit system, can begin.
“I am however delighted that Labor has announced our plans to help tackle the cost of living crisis and the energy crisis. We would stop people’s energy prices from rising by freezing the price cap, which would save the average household around £1,000 We would pay for this by taxing oil and gas producers on their excessive profits, closing loopholes that the Tories were happy to circumvent This plan will also reduce inflation, making future interest rate hikes less likely and easing the burden on households and businesses.
“But we have to solve the energy crisis for good.
“In government, we would insulate every home that needs it to reduce bills with our Warm Homes plan, after 12 years of wasted opportunities and failed projects.
“And we would take Britain out of expensive foreign gas – investing much, much more in local, cleaner energy such as solar, wind and hydrogen.
“This is the only way to ensure that we will never face an energy price crisis like this again.
“I would say to all of my constituents who are struggling to reach out to local community organizations. There are many great ones such as Otley Action for Older People, OPAL, OWLS, and many more, as well as our local food banks and citizens’ councils. These offer a lifeline to people and will be the ones to pick up the pieces after the government’s inaction. My office is also available to anyone in need of urgent help.