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Politics / Carmichael says new PM should freeze energy bills

Alistair Carmichael. Photo: Shetland News

NORTHERN Isles MP Alistair Carmichael says newly elected Conservative leader Liz Truss to “immediately freeze energy bills to protect local families and businesses from soaring prices”.

Truss was named as the new leader of the party earlier today (Monday), and she is due to be put in place as the UK’s next prime minister.

It comes as the Carmichael’s party the Liberal Democrats tabled legislation in parliament this week to cancel October’s energy bill rise.

The draft bill would also offer grants to small businesses of up to £50,000 to cover 80 per cent of their energy bills.

Truss said during her victory speech that tackling the energy cost issue was a priority. There are reports that a freeze on bills is being considered and that an announcement could be made on Thursday.

Carmichael said: “Liz Truss and the Conservatives have spent months sitting on their hands and failing to act on soaring energy bills, leaving local people in despair and small businesses going to the wall.

“Now that Truss has been confirmed as the incoming Prime Minister there really is no more excuse for inaction.

“It is time that Conservative MPs finally listened to Liberal Democrat calls to freeze energy bills to save families and pensioners from an economic catastrophe this winter.

“We have tabled a bill to freeze energy bills, which could be brought in on day one to offer the help that local families and businesses need. There is no time left for Truss and her government to wait.”

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