York has been reacting to the news that energy bills are to go up by at least 80%.
Regulator Ofgem announced today (Friday) that the energy price cap will increase from the current £1,971 to £3,549 from 1 October.
This is what York Energy Advice said: “Devastating news that the average energy bill will go up to £3,549 from October.
“If anyone in York is struggling with bills or worrying about how they are going to afford to heat their home this winter, get in touch with us.”
You can contact them via their website.
York based academic David K Smith tweeted: “Important to note that today’s energy price ‘cap’ of £3500 is not a cap.
“It is the average bill based on a capped unit price. If you live (e.g.) with a disabled or terminally ill person, with additional energy needs, you will pay far more than that average.”
Labour’s York Central MP Rachael Maskell tweeted:
Katie Schmuecker, principal policy adviser for the York-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said households are “crying out for certainty and security”.
She said: “It is simply unthinkable that the price rises announced today can go ahead without further Government intervention on a significant scale.
“To force the burden of rising wholesale energy prices onto households will plunge many into destitution.
“Millions more will face the threat of bills they simply cannot pay, homes they cannot heat and stomachs they cannot fill.
“It is the job of Government to decide how the burden is fairly shared between families, businesses and the public finances.
“Whoever occupies number 10 next will be remembered for who they protect – they must make sure energy doesn’t become a luxury only the wealthy can afford.”
There are serious worries for small businesses too, as York’s Ella Murray points out:
And this from York’s Collette on Twitter will be summing up how many are feeling right now: