Today in Parliament, Munira challenged the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, on when he would confirm whether the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS) will be extended to match other support schemes.
The scheme provides support to non-domestic customers, including businesses, charities, schools, hospitals and even some residents, such as those on heat networks, in Twickenham.
Unlike the Energy Price Guarantee, however, which the majority of households will benefit from until 2024, the future of the EBRS is not certain beyond March 2023, leaving many public sector bodies and charities facing a cliff-edge.
In his response, the Chancellor confirmed that MPs would “not have to wait very long” for a further announcement, and they will have the opportunity to scrutinise it to ensure a fair deal for constituents.
Following their exchange, Munira said:
“I was pleased to hear the Chancellor confirm today that MPs will have the opportunity to raise the concerns of their constituents when an announcement on the Energy Bill Relief Scheme is made. This affects many small businesses, schools and charities in Twickenham, as well as residents on heat networks.
“However, for those who rely on this support to keep their organisations afloat or make ends meet, the delay until after Christmas is hardly a welcome one.
“Liberal Democrats will continue to press the Government to ensure every household, business or other body has the support they need through this cost of living crisis.”