SNP urges Westminster support for inflated household energy bills

The SNP has urged the UK government to urgently support workers and families, after new research has revealed that working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic could cost UK households £52m more a week on energy bills.

According to estimates by comparison site Uswitch, households will on average use 25% more electricity and 17% more gas per day if householders work from home. This amounts to an increase of up to £195 a year per household.

Drew Hendry, the SNP’s Shadow BEIS spokesperson, said: “With new research revealing that households could pay a staggering £52m more a week on energy bills – amounting to just under £200 a year per household – and with many people feeling the financial pressure, the UK government must step in before more people are pushed into hardship.”

He continued: “It is vital that the UK government urgently introduces measures to support people and families – including through a package of financial measures for the self-employed, increasing UK Statutory Sick Pay to the EU national average, and strengthening welfare protections by increasing Child Benefit and making Universal Credit more flexible.”

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