Families and businesses are facing eye-watering increases in their energy bills. But, unlike households, there is no price cap at all for businesses. This means that local small businesses are facing crippling energy costs now. The hospitality sector is particularly hard hit as, after the COVID-19 pandemic, some energy suppliers are refusing to supply to hospitality businesses. It means the pool of potential energy suppliers for hospitality businesses is even smaller.
I pressed the Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change on what support the Government will offer these businesses to help them through this difficult time. With the new Prime Minister now in place, I will keep pressing the Government to take immediate action to support businesses and families.