Harlow Labour leader concerned over “anguish and distress to Harlow residents” caused by energy bill news

News / Fri 26th Aug 2022 at 01:12pm

THE leader of Harlow Labour has reacted to news that energy bills will rise to over £3,500 this winter.

Councillor Chris Vince said: “Today’s announcement that the average energy bill will rise to £3500 this winter will cause further anguish and distress to Harlow residents who are already feeling the pain of this cost-of-living crisis, yet the two Conservative leadership hopefuls have very little to say on the matter.

Like many people across Harlow I am hugely concerned about the rising costs that we are facing and recognise that for some families in Harlow this recent energy price hike is simply unaffordable. I genuinely worry what the next six months holds for our town but urge families to speak to citizens advice and other charities that can at least try to ease this awful burden.

As I have said in a previous press release, Labour does have a plan which will save households £1,000, paid for by taxing oil and gas producers who are making record profits, but also a plan for the long and medium term too.

“The scale of this crisis cannot be underestimated with analysis showing that 2 out of 3 families are now facing food poverty.

“Sadly the two Conservative leadership hopefuls don’t show the ambition or ability, frankly they don’t show the concern, to tackle this crisis head on. Change is needed and needed now!”

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7 Comments for Harlow Labour leader concerned over “anguish and distress to Harlow residents” caused by energy bill news:

2022-08-26 20:14:27

The arrogance of this so called pseudo politico is astounding, inferring to all and sundry that his political group has all the answers to the problems that we're all enduring and attempting to blacken the opposition by supposition. He hasn't a clue. I think that he should return to the classrooms from where he came, and attend to the level of intelligence there, which is mostly lesser than the platform he attempts to walk.

2022-08-26 21:50:26

Dear Curious, I think you will find his former pupils far exceeded his IQ. However, you are right, his arrogance is astounding; only exceeded by his ignorance and intellectual mediocrity.

2022-08-27 09:00:18

I would be more concerned with maintaining the supply of energy than the cost of it. The government denies blackouts, yet at the same time are planning to cut supply to industrial areas this winter. This will mean people not being able to work and earn money( similar to lockdowns)which is what has led to this mess. Remember prices were going up before the Ukraine war.

2022-08-27 09:49:43

Please protect us from the arrogance and ignorance of Keir Starmer. He would be best staying home writing fairy stories, along with a number of his cohorts!!

2022-08-27 11:02:39

He should be more concerned about the impacts on business that is going to be the thing which really impacts people. But again Chris is another person who has either been in politics or the public sector so no experience of the real world

David Forman
2022-08-28 22:04:59

Richard Murphy, an advisor to the Trades Union Congress and co-founder of the Tax Justice Network, trashed Sir Keir Starmer's plan on several levels. Firstly, that it does not address the needs of schools, hospitals, care homes and businesses. Secondly, it will provide a £10billion subsidy to the top fifth richest households in the UK. Thirdly, the plan only lasts for a short 6 months. See more criticisms at: https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2022/08/14/does-starmers-energy-plan-work-i-have-my-doubts/

David Forman
2022-08-30 12:24:44

Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, has lambasted Labour's plan. In an interview in the Times he says: "It is no use pretending, as Labour did, that it would last only six months and could be paid for from a series of non-existent revenue streams, including mythical savings on debt interest." See the IFS report at: https://ifs.org.uk/articles/people-need-help-their-energy-bills-we-will-have-pay-it

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