Crying shame that the government is doing little or nothing to tackle escalating prices, says Northumberland Labour’s shadow cabinet member for healthy lives

Northumberland County Council’s shadow cabinet member for healthy lives says hearing the people are going without food for days and considerer not turning on the heating in winter is nothing less than scandalous in a modern rich country like the UK.

Liz Dunn said: “Reading the story of a Lynemouth woman who has gone without food for five days and is considering not turning her heating on this winter is enough to make anyone weep.

“Something is going very wrong in this country when necessities such as food and energy become luxuries that people can’t afford. No one should be going hungry or cold in the UK.

“The lifting of the energy prices cap, as I understand it, is setting the maximum price the energy suppliers can charge. The point is they can charge this, but they could choose not to. They’re making obscene amounts of money while millions, like this lady in Lynemouth, are going hungry and facing the prospect of a cold and miserable winter.

“What happened to the government’s duty of care for the people they are supposed to be serving?

 “Labour want to see an urgent programme of homes being insulated to keep people warm and cut down on energy requirements and a government which is prepared to have serious conversation with energy suppliers. High energy costs make everything more expensive because they have to be passed on.

“ The number of people no longer able to simply “make ends meet” is rising and our charitable organisations are seeing their resources stretched as they experience record numbers of people reaching out for help and witness a decline in mental health and well being.

 “It might be a win for the energy suppliers but everyone else loses. The government must tackle this as a matter of urgency.

Cllr Liz Dunn
Cllr Liz Dunn
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