Green taxes on energy bills should be scrapped to help lower the cost of living – POLL | Politics | News
Dehenna Davison, MP for Bishop Auckland, said: ‘I agree! Would be willing to accept even a temporary reduction – say 12 months – when the bills are so painfully high.
North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen added: “I and many others proposed that the green levy should have been reduced or suspended in the spring statement.
“There’s never a bad time to do the right thing, so cut it now, the government knows it needs to do more to help.
“With the cost of living crisis and the cost of energy is a big part of that.”
The question is expected to land on the desk of Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who is reportedly considering scrapping the tax on energy bills.
It comes as previous polls have found the cost of living crisis to be the number one issue for nearly six in 10 voters.
Worryingly, for the government, more than 65% of all age groups oppose the green levy according to the Techne poll.
In April, the price cap rose by 54% for energy bills, adding almost £2,000 a year to the average bill.
The war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia, which has large supplies of oil and gas, have compounded the problem.
The Green Levy, which funds renewable projects, costs the average household £153, but some think it is much more.
Earlier this week Boris Johnson denied claims he was to be dropped.
“In fact, green technology, green and sustainable electricity can help reduce bills,” he said.
“Overall, if you look at what we’ve done with renewables, it’s helped lower bills over the past few years and will continue to do so.
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“That’s why one of the things I want to do is use this moment to really drive towards more offshore wind turbines.
“This country was number one in offshore wind…then China overtook us. We have to regain our lead, we have to build them faster and we can do it.
Sources close to Mr Sunak and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the green tax cannot be canceled as it is written into contracts with energy companies.
A source said: “You can’t ‘discard’ them. These are contracts with companies.
“There are seven bill levies which either fund insulation for the poor and pensioners, the £150 warm house rebate for the poor and grants for legacy renewable energy projects (which keep bills at a low level because gas prices are high).
“There is a question of whether to move these levies to general taxation (all these vital schemes are funded, but through taxpayers, not bills). But we are not removing them. ”
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