Waverley residents face a £657 rise to energy bills in April, new figures reveal

Waverley is set to be hit hard by the expected rise in energy bills in April, new figures have revealed.

By David Busby, Jan 15, 2022 6:01

Analysis by the Liberal Democrats shows that the average yearly bill for homeowners in Waverley is set to skyrocket by £657 - the equivalent of £54.75 a month - once the new energy price cap comes into effect.

This is above the forecasted national average uplift in bills for each household of £598 per year, meaning people in Waverley are set to be hit harder than most across the country.

Last year the average homeowner in Waverley paid out £832 for their annual energy bill. Under the new price cap coming into force in April, that figure is set to rise to £1,489.

The energy price cap is expected to be around £1,865, according to energy experts. More misery looms on the horizon for residents unless action is taken to help them with the cost of bills, with the price cap expected to increase to over £2,000 when it is revised again in the Autumn.

Waverley Liberal Democrats are calling for a one-off ‘Robin Hood’ tax on the super-profits of oil and gas giants, to fund an emergency package of support for local residents facing eye-watering increases to their heating bills.

This would include the doubling and expansion of the Warm Home Discount to those in receipt of Universal Credit or Pension Credit, giving 6,637 households in Waverley £300 each off their heating bills this year.

The Liberal Democrats are also calling for the doubling of the Winter Fuel Allowance, helping 46,220 pensioners in the area keep their homes warm.

Lib Dem Paul Follows, Leader of Waverley Borough Council, said:

"These figures reveal that people in Waverley are facing eye-watering increases to their energy bills in April, while the Government is just sitting on its hands, too busy defending their disgraceful partying while local residents were in lockdown.

"Many pensioners and other local residents have told me they are already deeply worried about their next heating bill landing on their doormats, as the Conservatives' cost of living crisis really begins to bite.

"The Liberal Democrats have set out a clear plan to give thousands of people in our area £300 each off their heating bills this year. Boris Johnson is too busy fighting to keep his job, rather than giving families the support they need to cope with energy price hikes."

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