Sharon Hodgson MP

Washington & Gateshead South Constituency

Labour’s plan to freeze energy price cap

Labour’s plan to freeze the energy price cap would make sure people don’t pay a penny more on their fuel bill this winter.

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, said today that Labour “wouldn’t let people pay a penny more” on their winter fuel bill as the party announce their plan to address the cost of living crisis and skyrocketing cost of energy.

Sharon said that the party’s plan to stop bills rising this winter would save the average household in Sunderland £1,000, get energy costs under control for the future and help tackle inflation.

Labour’s fully-funded £29bn plan would prevent the energy price cap rising through the winter, paid for by an extra tax from oil and gas giants who are making eye-watering profits.

It means that households across Sunderland will receive £126.4 million from Labour’s fully costed plan.

Sharon also said that the emergency package announced by Labour leader Keir Starmer on Monday 15 August, would reduce energy demand and lower bills in the longer term in Sunderland by insulating 19 million homes across the country over the next decade through Labour’s Warm Homes Plan.

Labour originally urged the government to implement this Warm Homes Plan a year ago. If they'd acted, they could have insulated 2 million of the coldest homes by this winter – saving the typical household an additional £1,000 every year on their energy bills.

Sharon Hodgson, Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West said:

“Families across Sunderland are scared about how they’ll get through the winter with bills through the roof. People are writing to me concerned that they could have to choose between heating or eating.

“Labour’s plan to save households in Sunderland and across the North East £1,000 this winter and invest in sustainable British energy to bring bills down in the long-term is a direct response to the national economic emergency that is leaving families fearing for the future.

“Labour’s fully-funded plan would fix the problems immediately and for the future – helping people in Sunderland get through the winter while providing the foundations for a stronger, more secure economy. Only Labour can give Britain the fresh start it needs.”


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