Business Secretary expects more cost of living support to come with the new PM

Kwasi Kwarteng has said the new Prime Minister has to work with the new Chancellor to put together a new support package

Big Zero Report 2022

People might have to wait for a few weeks to see if there will be more government support to help them with rising energy bills and the cost of living crisis.

While the new price cap will be unveiled in the last week of August it is expected that it will bring significant increases to the energy bills.

In an interview with Times Radio, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The only way that we can deal with the immediate issue is through an emergency budget, through interventions and that’s going to happen.

“But of course, until we have a new Prime Minister, which is only in four weeks’ time now, we have to wait for the new Prime Minister and the new Chancellor as they are going to have to work together on this, to get a support package across.”

Analysts have warned the time when the new Prime Minister will be selected might not be the right time for this call.

By that time, energy suppliers will already have “crystalised their policies and started communicating to customers about a direct debit rise.”

Asked whether he knew where Boris Johnson was and what the Prime Minister was saying about the energy crisis, Mr Kwarteng said “I don’t know where Boris is, but I am in constant contact with him.

“He has been really focused on energy efficiency measures and also really focused on renewables.”

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