The SNP Westminster leader, Stephen Flynn, has voiced his disapproval of the UK government’s decision to freeze the energy price guarantee, claiming that Scottish households are paying an “unacceptable price for Westminster failure.” In the recent budget, the Chancellor announced a cap of £2,500 on annual energy bills, but scrapped the £400 energy bill support scheme, a move that has been criticized by the SNP.
According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, typical household energy costs are expected to remain above £2,000 until at least winter 2024/25, which has further intensified the concerns of Scottish families already struggling with the high energy costs.
Flynn has urged the Chancellor to reduce the energy price guarantee, arguing that Scottish households will have to pay over double their energy bills in 2021. The SNP has been pushing for a reduction in energy bills by £1,400, but the Tory government has instead chosen to eliminate the energy rebate, thereby keeping bills high.
Flynn also criticized the Labour Party for giving its “full support” to the energy cost freeze, which is likely to worsen the energy affordability crisis for Scottish households.
The SNP leader’s comments have highlighted the urgent need for the UK government to take action to reduce energy bills for Scottish families. With the rising costs of living and the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many households are struggling to make ends meet, and the high energy costs are only adding to their financial burden.
In conclusion, the UK government must work with the SNP and other stakeholders to find a sustainable solution to the energy affordability crisis, which is affecting Scottish families. This includes reducing the energy price guarantee and reintroducing the energy bill support scheme to provide relief to households struggling with high energy bills.