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Energy Bill Nightmare - Figures Reveal Areas of Wales Set to be Hardest Hit


  • Top 10 areas in Wales hardest hit by energy price hike revealed
  • Welsh Lib Dems demand “Robin Hood” tax on super profits of oil and gas companies to support struggling families

Research by the Welsh Liberal Democrats has revealed the areas in Wales set to be hardest hit by the crippling energy price hike announced by Ofgem today.

This news comes as Ofgem have announced a 54% increase in the energy price cap, with average bills reaching nearly £2,000.

Average energy bills per household are expected to rise by £970 in some areas, according to analysis of ONS data by the party.

The worst hit local authority areas include Ceredigion (£972), Gwynedd (£904), Carmarthenshire (£853) and Powys (£848).

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds, who represents 5/6 of the worst hit areas through the Mid & West Wales Region in the Senedd, has stated that the figures show the “absolute energy bill nightmare” being faced by families across Wales while oil and gas firms are making record profits.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling for a windfall tax on the super profits of gas and oil producers and traders to fund support for vulnerable households struggling to pay their energy bills. The party’s proposed cost of living rescue package would save struggling families an estimated £1,000 a year. It would include further increasing and expanding the Warm Homes Discount, scrapping the planned National Insurance tax hike and ensuring low-income families can access cheaper broadband deals.

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:  

“People across Wales are facing an energy bill nightmare, with some of the worst affected areas being Conservative held seats.

“But instead of taxing the record profits of oil and gas companies to fund a package of support, Rishi Sunak is simply spreading the pain for families over the coming years. These plans are playing Russian roulette with taxpayers’ money, gambling that energy prices will fall instead of investing in keeping people’s bills down.

“The Liberal Democrats’ cost of living rescue package would wipe almost £1,000 off the bills of struggling families, funded through a ‘Robin Hood’ tax on the super profits of oil and gas companies. We would scrap the Conservatives’ unfair tax hike, offer support to the most vulnerable and insulate more  homes to slash their energy bills in the long term.

“Sadly, it seems many Welsh Conservative MPs are more interested in protecting the large profits of global oil and gas companies rather than providing support to families struggling to meet ends met up and down the country.

"It is also an insult to take £150 of a family's council tax while hiking their taxes by an average of £600, giving with one hand while taking away more with the other.  

“Nethertheless, the money that will come to the Welsh Government via Barnett from today’s announcement on council tax rebates, needs to be used by the Welsh Government to help people suffering rising costs in Wales."

 

Areas in Wales by size of energy price hike (updated 03/02/22)

Region name

Local authority district name

Average cost of energy bills March 2021

Average cost of energy bills in April 2022

Increase to energy bills in April 2022

Mid & West Wales

Ceredigion

1,092

£2,064

£972

Mid & West Wales // North Wales

Gwynedd

1,016

£1,920

£904

Mid & West Wales

Carmarthenshire

958

£1,811

£853

Mid & West Wales

Powys

953

£1,801

£848

North Wales

Isle of Anglesey

918

£1,735

£817

Mid & West Wales

Pembrokeshire

896

£1,693

£797

North Wales

Denbighshire

895

£1,692

£797

North Wales

Conwy

841

£1,589

£748

South Wales East

Blaenau Gwent

839

£1,586

£747

South Wales Central

Rhondda Cynon Taf

831

£1,571

£740

North Wales

Flintshire

806

£1,523

£717

South Wales West

Neath Port Talbot

805

£1,521

£716

South Wales East

Monmouthshire

804

£1,520

£716

South Wales East

Merthyr Tydfil

782

£1,478

£696

South Wales East

Caerphilly

772

£1,459

£687

South Wales West

Bridgend

763

£1,442

£679

South Wales Central

Vale of Glamorgan

750

£1,418

£668

South Wales West

Swansea

749

£1,416

£667

North Wales

Wrexham

738

£1,395

£657

South Wales East

Torfaen

727

£1,374

£647

South Wales East

Newport

682

£1,289

£607

South Wales Central

Cardiff

677

£1,280

£603


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