Downing Street criticized for media absence after energy price cap hike | Conservatives
Downing Street has faced widespread disbelief at ministers’ refusal to appear on TV and radio to answer questions about the energy price cap increase.
Broadcasters and opposition parties have criticized ministers’ silence on TV and radio after it was confirmed at 7am on Friday that the price cap rose as forecast to £3,549.
Kate Garraway, one of the presenters of ITV’s Good Morning Britain, said: ‘What we don’t hear so far this morning is the government itself, and we would like you to come to us to give advice.
“I know there is a leadership election going on right now so there will be issues as to who will actually be at the helm in the week, 10 days this decision is made, but we would love to hear from you this morning. , because there are many people who want clarity.
Labor said the ministerial failure was a ‘dereliction of duty’, while presenters pleaded with government members to appear.
Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said it was “unacceptable” that no minister was prepared to discuss raising the energy price cap.
he tweeted“The whole government is skipping school because they forgot to do their homework. People are crying out for some leadership. They won’t get it from the Tories.
The Treasury released a statement from Nadhim Zahawi, with the chancellor due to address broadcasters at some point on Friday morning.
Zahawi, who could be replaced within days by Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng if Liz Truss emerges victorious in the Tory leadership race, released a short statement in which he said ‘help is coming’ from the government.
“I know the Energy Price Cap announcement this morning will cause stress and anxiety for many people, but help is coming with £400 off energy bills for all, the second installment of a payment of £650 for vulnerable households and £300 for all pensioners. .
“Whereas [the Russian president Vladimir] Putin is driving up energy prices in revenge for our support of Ukraine’s courageous fight for freedom, I’m working hard to develop options for further support.
“It means the new Prime Minister will be able to step up and provide support to those who need it most, as soon as possible.”
Boris Johnson, who will leave office in less than two weeks, was also due to speak to the media during a visit to Surrey later this morning.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly indicated that major budgetary decisions should be left to his successor, prompting opponents to accuse the UK of having a ‘zombie government’ incapable of making any decisions.
Truss, who is expected to replace Johnson, was also off the air Friday morning. Instead, a campaign spokesperson said: ‘Today’s announcement will worry many people across the UK who will worry about paying their bills.
“As Prime Minister, Liz would make sure people get the support they need to get through these tough times. She will take immediate action to put more money back in people’s pockets by cutting taxes and suspending green energy rates.
The apparent absence of government ministers has drawn strong criticism from Labour.
Appearing on BBC Breakfast, Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves accused ministers of being nowhere to be found on the morning of Ofgem’s announcement.
She said people were “worried” about the rising cap, which “sows fear in the hearts of families across the country”, and called on the government to freeze energy bills and follow the Labor proposals.
“The fact that no government minister is available to participate in your program today is simply appalling. They are not here to give assurances; they are not here to define what they are going to do. C is a dereliction of duty.”