Government must act now to protect the most vulnerable from catastrophic energy prices rises

The chief executive of Manningham Housing Association has called on the Government to act now to protect the most vulnerable after regulator Ofgem announced that the energy price cap would rise by 80 per cent to £3549 from October.

In a statement, Lee Bloomfield said:

“The cost of living crisis is already causing deep anxiety for people on the lowest incomes and this news will significantly increase that grave sense of worry.

“The country cannot wait for a new Prime Minister to take office and ease themselves into the job before deciding what remedial action may be taken.

“The current Government has been in place for more than 12 years and a range of options prepared by civil servants will be available to serving Ministers.

“It is critically important that the most vulnerable in society – including many housing association tenants – are given an urgent guarantee that they will not be exposed to these catastrophic energy price rises.”