Tory MPs urge Boris Johnson to scrap taxes on soaring energy bills

Several conservative politicians have written to the prime minister asking him to abolish taxes on rapidly rising energy costs.

About 20 Tory MPs and colleagues have written on the Sunday Telegraph asking Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help consumers “fuel poor” as gas and electricity payments continue to skyrocket.

The letter was signed by politicians including Craig Mackinlay, chairman of the Net Zero Scrutiny Group of Conservative MPs, former Labor and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, and Reps Robert Halfon and Steve Baker.

They argue that Britain is making energy prices rise faster than any other country because of “taxes and environmental charges”.

“We hardly need to point out that high energy prices, be it for house heating or for house traffic, are most painfully felt by the least,” the letter says.

It argues that the elimination of VAT on energy bills and environmental taxes that fund renewable energy programs could save the average household £ 200 on their energy bills.

Suppliers such as Good Energy, EDF and the Energy UK trade association have also urged the government to intervene after gas prices in wholesale markets rose more than 500% in less than a year.

It is expected that households will increase their energy costs sharply in April, as providers will raise prices in line with these costs.

More than two dozen utility companies have also gone bankrupt since early September, rendering thousands of people unemployed and keeping millions of households in suspense while they wait for a new supplier.

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