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Keir Starmer: PM choosing to let people struggle by delaying energy windfall tax

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Keir Starmer has urged Boris Johnson to “make up his mind” and impose a windfall tax on North Sea energy firms, adding that the prime minister is “choosing to let people struggle” by delaying any further action. Durin...

Energy bills: struggling families forced to ‘seek refuge in McDonald’s’

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Families struggling to cope with energy bills are seeking shelter in McDonald’s, with one charity saying hard-pressed parents and children are spending their evenings in the fast food restaurants, relying on the facil...

Fiddling with the energy price cap is the tip of the iceberg. More needs to be done

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Great news, eh? The energy price cap will rise again in October and then there will be only another three months, rather than six, to wait until the next increase in bills. If that does not seem like an unalloyed bene...

Watchdog urged to step in as UK’s poorest turn off energy supply

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A food bank charity has called for the energy watchdog to intervene after a spate of reports of penniless families self-disconnecting from their gas and electricity, leaving them unable to wash clothes, use cookers or...

National Grid to use subsea cable cash to help struggling energy users

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Households in Great Britain struggling with soaring energy bills are to benefit after National Grid agreed to bring forward a £200m payment to customers generated from its electricity cables to Europe. Under an agreem...

Avoid using gas as ‘transition’ fuel in move to clean energy, study urges

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Countries should move from coal to renewable energy without shifting to gas as a “transition” fuel to save money, as high gas prices and market volatility have made the fossil fuel an expensive option, analysis has fo...

‘Don’t tax energy giants – they invest in Britain’s future.’ Let’s drill down into that

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The image of Elsie, the 77-year-old pensioner whom Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid used as an example when interviewing Boris Johnson about the cost of living crisis on Tuesday, was shocking. Having to eat just on...

Energy firms have three weeks to justify direct debit hikes, Kwarteng warns

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Some energy suppliers have been hiking customers’ direct debit payments by more than is necessary and must explain themselves within three weeks or face punishment, the government has announced. The comments from the ...

Government to consider impact of UK energy efficiency plan on poor households

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The UK government is to formally consider the impact of its flagship energy efficiency plan on people most at risk from soaring bills, citing the conflict in Ukraine as a factor. The move comes after officials admitte...

When will my Shell Energy smart meter become smart again?

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My gas and electricity smart meters became strangely uncommunicative with Shell Energy just days before the 1 April tariff increase. Shell’s reply to my question about when it expects my smart meters to become smart a...

Mike Cannon-Brookes buys up AGL shares in bid to block energy giant’s demerger

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AGL Energy, Australia’s biggest electricity generator, says it remains determined to pursue its plan to split despite a bid for a blocking stake by technology billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes. In a second tilt at the c...

The west can cut its energy dependency on Russia and be greener

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has amplified the importance of national-security considerations in western countries’ energy policies. At the same time, governments must continue to focus on reducing environmental damag...

‘Gas was like our drug’: defiant Poland vows to wean itself off Russian energy

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Headteacher Natalia Pałczyńska was in a state of shock after the heating and hot water at her primary school went off without warning on Wednesday. “We were completely taken aback,” she said. Unless the gas starts flo...

Ukraine war ‘will mean high food and energy prices for three years’

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The war in Ukraine will result in expensive food and energy for the next three years, the World Bank has warned, intensifying fears that the global economy is heading for a rerun of the weak growth and high inflation ...

Swimming pools in UK will close without energy bailout, ministers told

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Heating bill increases of up to 150% will lead to the widespread closures of UK swimming pools without an emergency government bailout, ministers have been told. Campaigners say that even if financial help is provided...

Energy criteria high on UK homebuyer checklists, survey finds

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Homebuyers are paying more for properties with heat pumps or other low-carbon technology installed, and are looking closely at energy ratings, according to analysis by the estate agents Savills. Energy-saving credenti...

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