Bromley is set to be hit particularly hard by the expected rise in energy bills in April, new figures have revealed, with most residents paying an extra £51 per month. The Lib Dems are calling for a one-off "Robin Hood" tax from oil and gas giants to fund an emergency package of support.
Analysis by the Liberal Democrats shows that the average yearly bill for homeowners in Bromley is set to skyrocket by £612 — the equivalent of £51 a month — once the new energy price cap comes into effect.
This is above the forecasted national average uplift in bills for each household of £598 per year, meaning people in Bromley are set to be hit harder than most across the country.
Bromley Liberal Democrats are calling for a one-off ‘Robin Hood’ tax on the super-profits of oil and gas giants, to fund an emergency package of support for local residents facing eye-watering increases to their heating bills.
This would include the doubling and expansion of the Warm Home Discount to those in receipt of Universal Credit or Pension Credit, giving 26,985 households in Bromley £300 each off their heating bills this year.
The Liberal Democrats are also calling for the doubling of the Winter Fuel Allowance to be doubled, helping Bromley pensioners in the area keep their homes warm.
Sam Webber, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Bromley Town, said:
“These figures reveal that people in Bromley are facing eye-watering increases to their energy bills in April, while the Government is just sitting on its hands. Many pensioners and other local residents are already deeply worried about their next heating bill landing on their doormats. The Liberal Democrats have set out a clear plan to give thousands of people in our area £300 each off their heating bills this year. "
"It’s time Boris Johnson stopped taking our local communities for granted and offered families the support they need to cope with energy price hikes.”
Liberal Democrat Leader and former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said:
“Families are facing an energy bill nightmare, while the Government is asleep at the wheel. They’ve failed to do anything to protect vulnerable people from this cost of living crisis.
“Liberal Democrats are calling for the doubling and expansion of the Warm Home Discount Scheme and the doubling of the Winter Fuel Payments to protect vulnerable people this winter. This would be funded by a one-off ‘Robin Hood Tax’ on the super-profits of gas and oil companies and traders who are raking it in hand over fist.”