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LGA responds to energy bills announcement

Cllr Andrew Western, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board responds to the Government’s announcement of a package of support for energy bills

“This plan will go some way to alleviating the pressures on households and businesses caused by rising costs of energy and other essentials.

“Councils are taking practical steps to support those in their communities this winter, to address immediate hardship and improve people’s financial resilience and wellbeing, including through their use of the Household Support Fund. Ensuring financial support is targeted towards those most in need will continue to be crucial over the next few months, including for those on the lowest incomes.

“Longer-term, we need to ensure everyone can afford to heat their homes and prevent the risk of people developing health problems due to cold and damp conditions. The mainstream welfare system should ensure people have sufficient means to meet true living costs and councils and local partners need adequate resources to provide targeted and effective crisis support, alongside services which increase opportunity and lift people out of poverty for good.

“Accelerating the transition to renewable energy, retrofitting homes and buildings, and promoting comprehensive energy advice will all be essential to sustainably keeping energy costs down. Councils are uniquely able to help lead this local effort and are ready to work with government to deliver."

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Original article link: https://www.local.gov.uk/about/news/lga-responds-energy-bills-announcement

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