Freezing the energy ceiling on jobs would save Scottish households £ 2.6 billion – shadow chancellor

Freezing the energy ceiling on jobs would save Scottish households £ 2.6 billion – shadow chancellor

Freezing the energy ceiling on jobs would save Scottish households £ 2.6 billion – shadow chancellor

Labor’s proposals to freeze the energy price cap immediately would save Scottish households £ 2.6 billion, the party’s shadow chancellor said.

Rachel Reeves said plans to stop rising energy prices this winter would save the average family in Scotland £ 1,000.

Prices would be frozen at the current level of £ 1,971 instead of the expected 80% hike to £ 3,582 in October announced by energy regulator Ofgem.

Additional measures include removing the premium penalty for prepay customers.

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Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves (Yui Mok / PA)

The plan would include off-grid homes and the £ 29 billion package would be “fully funded” by additional taxes on oil and gas companies.

Electoral constituencies such as Rutherglen and Hamilton West will receive £ 49m from the plan, while Airdrie and Shotts residents will benefit from £ 39m, according to the proposals.

Prior to a visit to Catapult, a major research and innovation center for offshore renewable energy, in Levenmouth, Fife, Ms Reeves also criticized the UK and Scottish government’s efforts to address the cost of living crisis. .

He said: “Families across Scotland are afraid of how they will survive the winter with skyrocketing bills.

“Scotland has been disappointed by two absent governments. The Tories are missing in action as the SNP acts more like commentators than the government.

“The work plan to save Scottish households £ 1,000 this winter and invest in sustainable British energy to lower their bills in the long term is a direct response to the national economic emergency that is leaving households fearing for the future.”

These plans will extend further into the future, with the party calling for all homes in the UK to be isolated over the next decade.

And he urged the Scottish Government to support a cost-of-living emergency act set by Scottish Labor.

He continued: “The Scottish work illustrated how the SNP government can use the powers it now has to enact an emergency cost of living law to help people overcome this crisis.

“The fully funded Labor plan would solve the problems immediately and for the future, helping the Scots get through the winter by providing the foundation for a stronger and safer economy.

“Only Labor can give Britain the fresh start it needs.”

A Scottish government spokesman said he would not comment on the release.

However, Alison Thewliss, spokesman for the SNP Treasury, urged Labor to stop “shouting from the sidelines while shoulder to shoulder with the Tories at all times.”

The SNP MP added: “These plans do not go far enough for the thousands of families who are already suffering: the increase in the energy price ceiling must be canceled immediately, not in the future when it is already too late for thousands of families. .

“While the Scottish SNP government is doing what it can with its limited powers – such as spending £ 84 million on Scottish Child Payment – people across Scotland are disappointed by the inaction of a broken, out-of-this-world Westminster system that Labor is protecting at all costs. “

A spokesperson for HM Treasury said: “We know that rising prices are impacting people in Scotland and across the UK which is why we have already taken steps to help families with £ 37bn of support throughout. the year, which includes specific support to help people get through the difficult winter ahead.

“Eight million of the most vulnerable households will see extra support of £ 1,200, provided in installments throughout the year, and all will receive £ 400 over the winter to help with their energy bills.

“This includes a record fuel tax cut and a national insurance cut of up to £ 330 per year for the typical employee.

“We have also provided the Scottish Government with a record £ 41 billion in compensation for the next three years.”

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