Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore has today (Wednesday, January 5th) called on the UK Government to cut VAT on domestic energy bills.

The proposals, pushed in the House of Commons by Labour today, would make people’s energy bills cheaper and provide immediate relief to the budgets of thousands of Ogmore households hit by a spiralling cost of living crisis.

Labour’s call comes against a terrifying backdrop of rising inflation and soaring energy bills.

The VAT cut on domestic energy bills proposed by Labour – which would change the charge from 5% to zero – would come into place to see people through the difficult winter months and would be automatically deducted from bills. It would be paid for using the extra money coming from a higher than expected surplus of VAT receipts accrued since the start of the financial year.

Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, said:

“Households across Ogmore have seen their energy bills skyrocket, and as the cost-of-living crisis deepens family budgets are being stretched to breaking point.  The UK Government’s answer has been to cut Universal Credit and hit people with a new jobs tax. It’s contemptible.

The UK Government needs to wake up, step up and do the decent thing by removing VAT from domestic gas and electricity bills for 6 months.  It would immediately reduce people’s energy bills and help families in Ogmore get through the difficult winter months.

This is an effective and quick way to help households with their growing energy bills.  The UK Government must make the right decision for working families.”

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