“Never trust a Tory” seems more apt than ever before, as after a few weeks of complete incompetence from the Conservative government, the newest chancellor (the ever-annoying Jeremy Hunt) has decided to scrap the universal Energy Price Guarantee from April 2023, meaning further uncertainty, particularly for Britain’s poorest citizens, after just six months and not the two years originally forecast.
While it does still provide a little protection through the coldest months of this winter (despite unit prices being on average double what they were on standard tariffs just one year ago) it is not yet clear how much bills will rise in April, or for whom. Presumably we will get some more announcements in due course, but this government is such a shambles right now that it’s not entirely clear whether they have the morals or ability to do due diligence and give people a firmer idea of what’s going on.
The Tories may be completely inept when it comes to budgeting, but a lot of people have no choice but to watch their budgets extremely clearly, and many can do it well when they are given all the information.
We now have a situation where, in mid September, we were able to budget our forecasted energy usage until into 2024. Today, suddenly, we’re back to having no idea what we’ll be paying in just six months’ time. That’s a crappy situation barely any better than the regular price cap reviews which were typically only announced a month or so in advance of prices changing.
Easy to say after the event, but I had a nagging feeling that this two-year energy price freeze would come undone at some point. I just didn’t expect it to be so soon. Then again, the Tories have munched their way through four chancellors in fairly short succession so it’s anyone’s guess what’s going to happen next.
It means we’re back (as if we’d ever truly left) to managing our own destiny. I suppose the small mercy at least in the short term is that, come April, it should be a bit warmer and energy usage will be lower. But then it’s back to saving or begging as we move on into Winter 2023/4.
Nicola Sturgeon isn’t the only one who loathes the Tories. If there isn’t a general election soon, many of their stereotypical voters will have frozen or starved to death thanks to the crapfest this Conservative ‘government’ is putting the British people through.
Charlatans the lot of them.