Energy Action Plan

This winter, people in Northern Ireland face a devastating cost of living crisis. A perfect storm of spiralling energy costs, rising national insurance costs and cuts to Universal Credit all mean that families, single
parents and workers are facing d
ifficult decisions about how they will put food on the table and heat their homes.

This crisis has arrived just as families and communities begin the long recovery from COVID-19 and its devastating impact.

The eye-watering increases in electricity and gas prices have dealt the latest blow to the consumers of Northern Ireland as major firms announce high price hikes that will leave the most vulnerable among us are struggling to make ends meet. Sadly, the government departments responsible for supporting families facing these challenges seem to be focused on inaction instead of action.

This crisis has been compounded by the cruel Universal Credit cut introduced by the Tories and rubberstamped by the Sinn Féin Finance Minister Conor Murphy. While £160 million is spent on shopping vouchers for everyone, not a single extra penny of support has been made to people facing cuts in Universal Credit and rising energy and national insurance costs.

Families deserve better than this. Inaction is not an option. That is why the SDLP is publishing a nine-point plan today to support families and individuals faced with this unprecedented cost-of-living crisis.

Click below to read through our Energy Action Plan.


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