Cost of living: Chancellor to meet ministers over energy scheme

8/10/2022 9:22:00 PM

Nadhim Zahawi to meet ministers again to try to agree a way to deliver a £400 energy bill discount.

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'We're stretched to our limit' - households in Northern Ireland don't know when to expect a £400 discount on their electric bills BBC News NI's BBCJayneMcC went to a mum and toddlers group to find out how families are coping with the costofliving crisis

Nadhim Zahawi to meet ministers again to try to agree a way to deliver a £400 energy bill discount.

The chancellor added he wanted to find a "pragmatic solution" to allow families to avail of the £400 discount.Image caption,Speaking to Radio Ulster's Good Morning Ulster programme earlier, the chancellor also said the government's priority was to get the power-sharing executive restored.

Media caption,However, the Treasury said without a functioning government at Stormont to sign off on the money, it was considering other ways of applying the discount.Image source,Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said that time was of the essence to bring the scheme to Northern Ireland

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BBCJayneMcC Lucky her...mine went from 75quid a month to £230... And that's only for gas... don't pay direct debit..stop giving these leeches your money for nothing..sign up BBCJayneMcC We are in a ridiculous situation that because there is no Assembly we cannot receive this discount to help with rising energy prices. For goodness sake would somebody start banging heads together and get this sorted

BBCJayneMcC Hi so are all households getting this £400, or just benefit claimants/pensioners/low income households? BBCJayneMcC It's time the DUP wised up and get back to stormont and respersent all the people here to get them the money they are entitled to for their cost of living BBCJayneMcC You can thank the duponline !!

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.Could my energy bills go above £3,000? "My job is to make sure that when the new prime minister arrives, the plan is in place for them to put their foot on the accelerator," he told the BBC's PM programme.Image caption, Police have released an image of a man they believe may have information Three victims of courier fraud have handed over cash after they received a phone call from someone who claimed to be a police officer.08 August, 2022 The next chancellor should prioritise the poorest households and rely on existing mechanisms such as universal credit, pension credit and council tax rather than trying to “reinvent the wheel” by coming up with new schemes, Mr Javid added.

Mr Zahawi said he was confident about bringing similar measures to Northern Ireland. "The reason that I wanted a meeting next Monday is to make sure we make progress urgently," he told BBC News NI. Earlier this year, the government announced a £15bn package of support to ease the cost-of-living crisis. The chancellor added he wanted to find a "pragmatic solution" to allow families to avail of the £400 discount. Police have released an image of a man they believe may have information and have appealed to find him. "The United Kingdom government has promised to deliver this £400 to families in Northern Ireland as quickly as possible," he said. However, the government has come under pressure to do more, following worsening economic warnings. Image source, Image caption, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said a solution needed to be found quickly "My colleagues here collectively are focused to deliver this and I'm confident that we will do it. The insider said: “There is a case for saying that she should avoid saying anything about policy now in case it is a hostage to fortune.

" Speaking to Radio Ulster's Good Morning Ulster programme earlier, the chancellor also said the government's priority was to get the power-sharing executive restored. Meanwhile, the energy price cap will go up in October, with average domestic energy bills could hit more than £3,600 a year." Follow BBC East Midlands on. "But operationally, to help people with the cost of energy, I have to focus now to make sure we get this money out the door, the £400 for families and households in Northern Ireland." The Treasury would have ordinarily made the payment via a Barnett Consequential to Northern Ireland, as it had previously done with a £200 energy loan payment scheme. Image source, Image caption, The Conservative leadership race is taking place amid grim economic forecasts "The economic situation people and businesses are facing requires all hands to the pump this summer," he said. Media caption, 'We're stretched to our limits' - parents worried over rising cost of living It uses the Barnett formula to calculate additional funding when there are changes to UK government spending that affect devolved services. However, the Treasury said without a functioning government at Stormont to sign off on the money, it was considering other ways of applying the discount." The CBI - which represents British businesses - said the prime minister should direct the civil service to draw up options on helping the most vulnerable people - and that these options should be made available to both leadership candidates.” On Monday night Mr Sunak promised to extend the schemes he introduced as chancellor when the energy price cap rises again in October, claiming he would be able to fund the giveaways using “efficiency savings across Whitehall”.

Communities Minister, Sinn Fein's Deirdre Hargey, said a solution needed to be found quickly. "The quickest solution here is to have a functional government, but in the absence of that we're having to find work arounds," she said. Elsewhere, Ms Sturgeon has called for an emergency meeting with Mr Johnson and the leaders of devolved governments, to agree steps to help people. Image source, Pacemaker Image caption, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said that time was of the essence to bring the scheme to Northern Ireland Following Wednesday's meeting, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said it was accepted that the Treasury directly paying energy companies was the easiest solution. "I see this now as the quickest way of getting this money into people's pockets," he said." Writing in the Daily Record, Mr Brown - who was the Labour prime minister between 2007 and 2010 - said the UK faced "a financial timebomb" and urged Mr Johnson, Mr Sunak and Ms Truss to agree "an immediate Budget to prevent a winter heating catastrophe". This is Nadhim Zahawi's first visit to Northern Ireland since he took over as chancellor last month.” Pensioners and benefits claimants are already due to receive further payments in the autumn, while all households will receive a £400 discount to their energy bills.

He's got to work out how to get that discount off the electricity bills of people here. Speaking to the BBC's World This Weekend programme on Sunday, Mr Brown said there was "a vacuum" in government because "the prime minister is on holiday, the chancellor is on holiday, the two leadership candidates for prime minister are on the campaign trail. In Great Britain, people will get that discount from October. The Treasury has said that the absence of a functioning executive is going to make it a lot more difficult to do that here. The spokesman also said there were no plans to recall Parliament, but that Mr Johnson and his Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi are meeting this week to discuss progress on the support measures already announced. There's clearly a commitment there, but the problem is we still don't know how, or when, people here will get this money. Two of the ministers at Stormont that are still in place have been pushing Mr Zahawi to get this money out as quickly as possible.. According to a Redfield & Wilton survey of voting intentions, asked who would be the better prime minister, 38 per cent voters said Ms Truss, compared with 35 per cent choosing Sir Keir.

One further complication is that the utility regulator may also have to carry out a 90-day public consultation before it can direct the local electricity providers to make that discount on people's bills. That could delay people getting that discount even further into the new year, just when they might be needing it most. and all this Tory prime minister does is shrug his shoulders". Stormont has been without a power-sharing executive since February, due to the The party is refusing to nominate a deputy first minister until the post-Brexit trading arrangements are changed, meaning a decision-making executive cannot be formed and the legislative assembly cannot operate. Other ministers can remain in post, but they are unable to take major policy decisions." Meanwhile, the two MPs hoping to take over the leadership have been criticising each other's plans to address mounting living costs. On Tuesday, a children's doctor said she feared what the winter would bring for families facing pressure due to the cost-of-living crisis.” Polling suggests Ms Truss has been consistently ahead of Mr Sunak in the race to become the next Tory leader.

Dr Julie-Ann Maney, a consultant at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, said more than one quarter of children in Northern Ireland were living in poverty. Supporters of Ms Truss say her proposed tax cuts would help people, but did not rule out offering further support. In Great Britain, the first of six instalments of the discount will be applied to households' energy bills in October. 'Whatever it takes' The Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland has urged politicians to do "whatever it takes" to help older people with their energy payments. Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle on Wednesday, Eddie Lynch said that many older people were worried about the coming winter months and any assistance to their energy payments would go a long way. "We understand officials are working behind the scenes to try and find a way to introduce this payment to people," he said. I’ve learned that a key thing you have to do is to make sure you get out there to make your arguments to people.

Image caption, Eddie Lynch says there is a real concern among older people over rising energy costs "But what we are still unclear about is when this is going to happen, and how this is going to happen. "I think in the absence of that information, the fear and concern amongst older people about the cost of living will continue to rise. "My message to the authorities today would be to just get it done, get this in place whatever it takes." More on this story .