Comment: Sunak speech leaves poorest households facing high bills

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s party conference speech, Jess Ralston, Energy Analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“If the Prime Minister is serious about lowering bills - especially those for the poorest households - then making homes warmer, more efficient and less leaky would be a good place to start. Instead, he scrapped net zero minimum standards for landlords a few weeks ago, leaving renters colder and poorer. The Government's insulation schemes are flatlining with seemingly no urgency in Whitehall to fix them.

“Will we see new policy to fix this or will the least well off be stuck with high energy bills? With gas bills set to stay high this winter, those leaving in cold homes will likely be wondering.”

Notes to editors:

  1. ECIU: PM’s net zero changes could cost households up to £8bn:

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