Ministers are “flying blind” in a cost of living crisis because they have repeatedly failed to produce an impact assessment on the number of households that will be plunged into fuel poverty this year, I can reveal.
Tories are increasingly concerned that the government will not be equipped to face the impending storm, with a senior backbench official warning Boris Johnson he risks losing the next election because of his handling of the problem.
It has emerged that those over 65 are expected to pay an extra £ 360 per year on their energy bills when the energy price cap is lifted in April. Separate research has also shown that a million more people would be hit by a £ 11 billion ‘stealth tax’ by 2026.
The Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has not provided any estimate of the number of households that will fall into fuel poverty for 2022, according to two separate parliamentary questions tabled last month, despite calls for the government to ‘it provides additional support to these people. most at risk.
According to the latest data, based on figures from 2019, around 3.2 million households are currently in fuel poverty, but with energy prices set to nearly double from April, MPs have warned that the government was not prepared for the challenges ahead.
Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Wera Hobhouse accused the government of “failing millions of hard-working families and thousands of retirees.”
She added: “It is shameful, and it shows how detached they are that they are blindly flying into the cost of living and fuel poverty crisis before us with no plans to deal with it. The government must carry out an impact study without delay.
His comments follow concerns voiced by senior conservatives, who have warned the prime minister he risks losing “Red Wall” voters unless he tackles the “tsunami” of problems facing public finances are facing in the coming months.
Analysis by the House of Commons Library has shown that around 1.2 million additional workers will see their incomes exceed the 40 percent tax threshold as a result of the government’s decision to freeze the personal tax abatement and the higher rate tax threshold.
Almost 1.5 million additional people will have to pay the basic level of income tax.
Jake Berry, chairman of the Northern Research Group of Tory MPs, insisted that the news that more and more people are facing higher taxes “fuels a wider concern about this cost-of-living tsunami which is about to hit the UK ”.
The member for Rossendale and Darwen told Times Radio: ‘The next election will not be won or lost because of Covid or the government’s response to it … but if people feel poorer and they don’t have not seen their community progress, they are going to be looking for change.
He also attacked the 1.5% increase in national insurance contributions, which will affect people’s wages from April, and he accused Jacob Rees-Mogg of crying “crocodile tears” over politics after it emerged that he had criticized the plan this week. Cabinet.
“I don’t think this is the right policy, I think it is poorly thought out and I think it’s probably time to revisit this,” Mr Berry said.
” Everything is fine [for Mr Rees-Mogg] now turn around with crocodile tears to say, “Look what my policies have created, that surely shouldn’t have happened”. In fact, the time to do something was when it was proposed.