Local resident, Peter Dentith, with ;etter from Keir Starmer
Local resident, Peter Dentith, with ;etter from Keir Starmer's office

Weaponness and Ramshill resident, Peter Dentith, wrote to Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer about soaring energy prices and the very real effects of the cost of living crisis. Speaking to local Labour candidate, Rich Maw, Peter expressed his concerns that many local people, including pensioners, will simply not be able to pay their bills.  

British household energy bills are set to face a record 54% rise as the price cap is raised. Meanwhile, state pensions have risen by just 3.1%-exactly half the rate of inflation recorded in February this year.  

Keir Starmer’s office replied . 

“It seems like you are having a really difficult time and I am very sorry to hear that you are going through this. 

In the UK in 2022, nobody should have to choose between heating and eating.  

Labour plans to support households from soaring energy bills include  

  • Scrapping VAT on energy bills for every single household in the country for a year 
  • Using targeted action to save most households around £200 a year or up to £600 for those who need it most , including low earners and pensioners 
  • Increasing the warm homes discount from £150 to £400 and extending it from 2.2million families who currently receive it to £9 million” 

Peter has not received a reply from Boris Johnson. 

Rich Maw told Peter that he will now write to local Conservative MP, Robert Goodwill on behalf of Peter. 

“I will ask him if he believes that the choices his government has made are improving the quality of life for pensioners or doing the exact opposite”. 

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