North West Hampshire Police Minister and Member of Parliament Kit Malthouse has just received a £ 2,212 salary increase, along with other MPs – but still saw fit to complain on the same day about the cost of oil to heat his family home in the countryside. In a series of interviews this morning in front of a fire, Malthouse acknowledged that the energy price increases will make life “tough” for millions of people.
He continued to complain about his family’s situation, despite earning £ 115,824 a year from today – almost five times the average salary in the UK. The father of three told LBC: “Of course, everyday life is quite tricky.
“As you know, I have children. They need to be fed and that cost is rising. My fuel prices are rising quite sharply, and I have to say that in my constituency I’m still on central heating, unfortunately.
“I’m afraid to tell you that oil does not fall under the energy price tag, and many people in rural areas are suffering from rising oil prices.
“So we feel it very much. I have to admit to you that we converted to electric vehicles last year, so we know the price of electricity but not through petrol. So it is a challenge for everyone.”
MP salaries are rising for the first time in two years, after the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) announced that they would increase by 2.7 percent.
The increase in the income of members of the Riksdag will come on the same day as the largest increase in domestic energy bills in living memory enters into force – and in just a few days, the social security contributions will increase by 1.25 percent.
Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement, which is expected to provide relief to the 6.5 million households that are predicted to no longer be able to heat their homes by the charity National Energy Action, has been criticized for not doing just that.
Families across the UK will receive a £ 1,600 hit for their income.
The government’s decision to raise the energy price cap will cause it to jump from £ 1,277 to £ 1,971, an increase of £ 693. Official forecasts predict that this will increase by a further £ 788 in October.
This comes when inflation reaches its highest level in 30 years, at the same time as millions are pushing for an increase in their contributions to social security.
Sunak’s plan to help families includes an increase in the level of income that people pay for social security to £ 12,750 in July, a 12-month cut of 5p per liter for fuel taxes and a two-year reduction by 1 per cent of the basic income tax rate.
The statement has been widely criticized for failing to help millions of homes that will face major financial difficulties, with a minister telling the Times today that hep was “not enough”, adding: “It does not even touch the pages of a many families. It feels unsustainable. “
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The think tank Resolution Foundation estimates that the number of English households suffering from fuel stress, defined as those who spend at least 10 percent of their budget on energy bills, would double overnight from 2.5 to 5 million.
Malthouse tried to defend Sunak, saying he had “moved quite a bit to try to help”, although he added: “It will be difficult.”
Like Malthouse, Sunak has been criticized for claiming sympathy for struggling families despite being in a comfortable financial situation, married to a billionaire.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer turned the knife further today and told Sky News: “People do not want a revolution. They want to know ‘how am I going to pay my energy bill which has just increased by hundreds of pounds today?’
“This is a significant and worrying day for millions of people.”
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He added: “For the government to decide to introduce more tax in the national insurance, it is the wrong time now. It is the wrong tax at the wrong time.
“I think most people are clear that … the government really needed to step up in its spring statement last week. They failed to do so and their response is frankly pathetic on a very, very difficult day for millions of people.
“Energy bills are increasing much more than we have ever seen on record. People are really struggling and I just do not think the government understands that.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the government had introduced £ 22 billion in aid. He added that the government can not do “absolutely everything to cover some of these pressures that we see globally”.
But he said ministers would keep the situation under review, adding: “We are ready to take further action if needed to support households”.