Lanarkshire MPs worried about implications of rising energy bills

The UK’S energy price cap has been reviewed and risen by 54 per cent, meaning households will see a steep rise in bills this year.

The new energy price gap will see bills increase by £693 a year which means that households will see an increase of almost £2000 a year from April 1.

Since the announcement on February 3, many have been worrying about how the increase will affect them.

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Several Lanarkshire MSPs have spoken out against the increase that will affect 22 million households in Britain.

Central Scotland Conservative MSP, Meghan Gallacher, told Lanarkshire Live: “The energy crisis is affecting countries across the world and I know this will be a hugely anxious time for many people and families across Rutherglen and the wider region I represent.

“The SNP have a record block grant from the UK Government at their disposal and they must continue to use that money to support those most in need.”

Christina McKelvie, the SNP’s MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, said households had been struggling even before the new hike from Ofgem was implemented.

She told us: “The reality is, these hikes will mean more people, particularly older people and those struggling to make ends meet will be forced into choosing whether to heat or eat.

Central Scotland MSP Monica Lennon shared her concerns. and she suggested that energy companies were ranking in billions of pounds of profit, while household bills increased by millions across the country.

She added: “The UK Government’s response to the cost of living crisis is misguided and I share the concerns of the Poverty Alliance and Child Poverty Action Group that the Scottish Government is also taking the wrong approach.

“People on lower and fixed incomes have had increasing pressure on their household budgets with rising inflation, increasing food and fuel prices, and now higher than ever energy bills.

Commenting, the SNP’s Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey also told us: “The Scottish Government with its limited powers has acted ahead of other governments to deal with the cost of living and energy crisis.

“We have recently established the winter support fund – providing top-up vouchers to those struggling to pay fuel bills; council tax bills, water charges and rail fares in Scotland are already lower than in England or Wales; and we have introduced and are doubling the Scottish Child Payment.

All MSPs have urged those who are concerned or have questions to contact their local MSP or contact Citizens Advice for more information.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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