Under a new plan, residents living in colder areas in the UK may receive more financial support from the Treasury, recent reports claim. The new plan comes amid a soaring energy price hike, which has been warned will contribute to the worst cost of living crisis in a generation.
This week, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, 41, has urged Tory backbenchers in a series of seminars to increase support to vulnerable households this winter, the Telegraph claims.
Currently, the Government already has a Cold Weather Payment, which offers claimants £25 for every seven-day period when the temperature drops below 0C.
However, Treasury sources claimed there is not a clear tool for differentiating winter fuel support geographically, which could cause the policy to be difficult to implement, according to the Telegraph.
Another plan being considered by ministers includes a boost to the Winter Fuel Payment, which helps pensioners pay their energy bills.
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This would be the highest level of fuel poverty across the UK since records began in 1996, the charity revealed.
Adam Scorer, chief executive of National Energy Action, told the Observer: “Those on lowest incomes and in less-efficient homes will not just face financial hardship but intolerable living conditions, ill health and, for too many, a shortened life.
“This is not just conjecture. It will happen and we’ve had enough time to see it coming and act.”
Ed Miliband, shadow secretary of state for climate change and net zero, said: “Working people are being hit by a cost-of-living crisis which has seen energy bills soar, food costs increase and the weekly budget stretched.
“The Government must take urgent action to support those people struggling to pay bills.”