Updated: Apr 6, 2022
Pensioners to protest outside Downing St as
Rishi reveals plans to offset fuel price hike
NPC: ‘Chancellor’s measures too little too late.’
Pensioners will protest outside Downing Street at 5pm as the Chancellor holds a press conference to explain his plans to offset today’s record hike in the energy cap.
The National Pensioners’ Convention and other fuel poverty action groups are staging the last-minute rally with banners to demonstrate against the cost of living crisis and the new £693 price cap announced today by OFGEM – along with the Chancellor’s ‘inadequate’ response.
Pensioners are already struggling to make ends meet with many having to choose between eating and heating because of rocketing costs. But millions more are in despair at how they will meet the cost of massive fuel bills come 1st April.
The NPC does not believe Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s measures are anywhere near enough to help our oldest and most vulnerable pay hefty bills for fuel and essentials.
Jan Shortt, General Secretary of NPC said: “What the Chancellor has announced is too little too late. This is disastrous for millions of older people who are already living in poverty.
“We are struggling with a huge rise in fuel prices as inflation rockets – it is a cost-of-living crisis that will cause unbelievable hardship among older people.
“The NPC will respond in detail once we have examined the OFGEM announcement and the Chancellor’s sorely inadequate response. He needs to do much more.”
NB: The NPC are still planning a demo with other groups on Monday, 7th February at 11am – when regulator OFGEM were originally due to announcement the new price cap. More details will follow.
For more information on our demo today at 5pm outside Downing Street, please contact Bev Morrison below. Our NPC contact at the demo, will be Tony O’Brien of Southwark Pensioners’ Action Group who will be happy to talk to press.
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National Public Affairs Manager
National Pensioners Convention
Marchmont Community Centre
62 Marchmont Street
London WC1N 1AB
Mobile: 07588 779515