APPG writes to Liz Truss government urging action to prevent fuel poverty emergency
In September 2022 when Liz Truss took office, a group of 21 cross party MPs signed the APPG letter urging the new administration to intervene to protect households as the first act of Government.
The letter drew attention to the grave price cap predictions from Ofgem which predicted the average annual bill could reach over £5,000 from 2023, representing a 245% increase in just over a year. In light of this, APPG members were keen to highlight in the letter that the Government support announced to date was not sufficient to meet the scale of the increases and further action was an essential first act for Liz Truss on taking office.
Following this letter and significant pressure from the APPG and many other stakeholders, the Government announced the Energy Price Guarantee to cap the average household bill at £2,500 from October 2022.
The headline asks and signatories are below:
- A new fiscal package of support for energy bills targeted at the lowest income groups commensurate with the scale of the price cap and January predictions
- Continued funding of social obligations including the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Warm Home Discount
- A social tariff in the retail energy market
- Work with Ofgem to fix unfair energy price disparities.
- Investment in energy efficiency
- Ben Lake MP, Chair APPG Fuel Poverty & Energy Efficiency
- Peter Aldous MP, Vice Chair APPG Fuel Poverty & Energy Efficiency
- Caroline Lucas MP, Vice Chair APPG Fuel Poverty & Energy Efficiency
- Alison Thewliss MP, Vice Chair APPG Fuel Poverty & Energy Efficiency
- Alan Brown MP
- Angus MacNeil MP
- Martyn Day MP
- Jonathan Edwards MP
- Ian Byrne MP
- Wera Hobhouse MP
- Liz Saville Roberts MP
- Baroness Lister of Burtersett
- Rob Roberts MP
- Lord Larry Whitty
- Marion Fellows MP
- Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle
- Clive Lewis MP
- Kim Johnson MP
- Yvonne Fovargue MP
- Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb
- Baroness Sheehan