Conservatives 'need unity' to tackle UK crisis says Buckland
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Sir Robert Buckland, secretary of state for Wales, has said the soaring energy costs facing Britons have “dwarfed everything else” and that Liz Truss must expend all her immediate energy on tackling the crisis. While Britons experience a brief respite from the devastating cost of living crisis as they lament the loss of its longest serving monarch, and Parliament is in recess during an official period of mourning, the soaring energy prices show no sign of abating. The UK now faces a nervous wait as Ms Truss and her new cabinet prepare to reconvene next week to put Briton’s concerns at ease.
Sir Robert said: “I think the [energy crisis] is hugely important and it dwarfs everything else. Some of the debates we heard early on [in the leadership contest] seemed to be dwarfed, frankly, by the enormity of the situation facing all of us.
“I think it will require imagination and a bold approach, and I think Liz Truss will have our support in tackling it.
“She needs the unity of the party and the Government to surmount this generational energy challenge.”
Last Thursday, the new Prime Minister and her cabinet gathered in the House of Commons to announce the emergency budget long-promised during the Tory leadership contest.
But all notions of an impending plan were suspended as notes detailing the poor health of the Queen were passed down to the front benches during the meeting.
A more detailed explanation of the emergency budget is expected late next week, elucidating exactly how winter tax cuts and energy handouts will be executed.
The Prime Minister is now under pressure from Tory MPs to set out her plans before the Commons breaks up for party conferences towards the end of the month.
David Davis, a Conservative MP and former cabinet minister, said earlier this week that “broadly speaking it was the right way to go” to push for an emergency fiscal event next week.
He said: “The truth is the public thinks about politics less than 10 percent of the time. But this is different because this is about their own frightening winter bills, and I mean frightening.
“That’s why it’s such a high-political-purchase issue, and you can’t leave it, because the point is to take people’s worries away. The economics and the politics point in the same direction.”
Whitehall has been left trying to finalise the details of the £150billion energy cap and a further budget while organising the state funeral for the Queen to go ahead next Monday.
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During last Thursday’s announcement, prior to the announcement about the Queen, Ms Truss said: “This Government is moving immediately to introduce a new Energy Price Guarantee that will give people certainty on energy bills. It will curb inflation and boost growth.
“This Guarantee – which includes a temporary suspension of green levies – means that from 1st October a typical household will pay no more than £2,500 per year for each of the next two years, while we get the energy market back on track.
“This will save a typical household £1,000 a year. It comes in addition to the £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme. This Guarantee supersedes the Ofgem price cap, and has been agreed with energy retailers.
“We will deliver this by securing the wholesale price for energy, while putting in place long-term measures to secure future supplies at more affordable rates.”
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