Boris Johnson has been criticized for a breezy article about the cost of living crisis. Labor said it showed “how little he understands”.
It follows the ‘shockwave’ triggered by Ofgem’s 80% price cap increase announced on Friday. This will increase the annual energy bill of an average household from £1,971 to £3,549 from October 1st. At the start of the year, the average bill was £1,277.
In an article for The Mail+Johnson struck a typically upbeat tone, saying the long-term future is “golden.”
Labor said the tone of the article was not in keeping with the misery millions will face in the coming months.
Acknowledging that “our energy bills are going to be eye-watering” Johnson said “the cost of heating our homes is already staggering,” adding, “I’ve never been so confident that we’re going to get by so well — and that Britain will emerge stronger and more prosperous [on] The other side.”
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The Prime Minister listed a number of areas where he believes Britain is thriving, such as: B. technology investment and low unemployment, and said he had “laid the foundations” for long-term prosperity.
He concluded by saying his government has “made the long-term decisions – including domestic energy supplies – to ensure that our recovery can and should be remarkable and that our future will be golden.”
This comes as economists at Cornwall Insight have forecast the price cap to almost double to £6,616 by April next year.
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Speaking of the article on Sky News on Sunday, Pat McFadden, Labor’s shadow chief secretary at the Treasury, said: “I think the Prime Minister’s article this morning just shows how little he understands the shockwave sent through households across the country by Ofgem’s announcement on Friday .
“We’re looking at energy bills of hundreds of pounds a month for households across the country and the discussion that’s going on is, of course, ‘How can we afford this, what else can we save?’ And for some people it will just be impossible.”
Johnson’s sunny outlook is typical of his approach to politics. Simon Hart, one of his former cabinet ministers who resigned last month when his scandal-ridden government collapsed, defended his former boss.
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Hart, also appearing on Sky News, said Johnson was “contextualizing the situation we are in” and that it was “perfectly reasonable for Boris Johnson and others to say, ‘Look, this is not going to be a permanent resting place for Britain Business.'”
The Johnson government’s key winter living support policy was a £400 rebate on energy bills, to be split into six monthly installments from October.
But that was announced at a time when bills were expected to reach £2,800 a year from October, well below the £3,549 announced on Friday.
Johnson said his successor – Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak, one of whom will take office in nine days – will pledge “another huge package of financial support” next month.