Boris Johnson and ‘loan loan shark’ Rishi Sunak have been accused by Labor of operating a ‘big scam’ through their energy bill relief scheme.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer used the Prime Minister’s Questions to raise concerns about the government’s policy of giving Britain’s 28million households an upfront £200 rebate on their energy bills starting at October.
This will be recouped by raising bills by £40 a year over five years from 2023.
Chancellor Mr Sunak has also promised a £150 council tax rebate for homes in Bands A to D.
Sir Keir told Mr Johnson to ‘stand up to this Chancellor’ telling him to support families ‘rather than over-indebt them’ and take a look at the ‘windfall profits’ of oil and gas giants .
But Mr Johnson said the Labor plan, which includes a windfall tax on North Sea oil and gas producers, would ‘stifle’ supplies, but joked it was a “improvement” of the nationalization of enterprises.
The Prime Minister added: ‘What he would do is hit energy companies at the precise moment when we need to encourage them to buy more gas because we need to switch now to cleaner fuels.
“What this government is providing is £9.1bn of support, that’s more generous than anything Labor is offering.”
The reality is this: on top of the Tory tax hike, on top of soaring prices, the loan shark Chancellor and his unwitting sidekick have now launched a buy it now, pay later scheme.
But Sir Keir accused Mr Johnson of ‘bluffing and blustering’, adding to the Commons: ‘The reality is this – on top of Tory tax hikes, on top of soaring prices, the moneylender Chancellor and his unwitting sidekick have now kicked off a buy it now, pay later system.
“It leaves taxpayers in debt while oil and gas companies say they have more money than they know what to do with.
“It’s the same old story with this government: getting in trouble, protecting your buddies and asking the workers to foot the bill.
“But isn’t he worried that everyone can now see that with this prime minister and this chancellor it’s all just one big scam and people across the country are paying the price?”
Mr Johnson replied: ‘What they can see is a Government that is absolutely determined to do the right thing for the people of this country and to make the tough decisions when Labor asks us to choose the easy way out and spend more taxpayers’ money. .”