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It comes after it was announced that energy bills could rise by at least 50%, up to £ 2,000 a year on April 1 for the average household paying by direct debit. This represents a new energy price cap, the maximum tariff that an energy supplier can charge its customers. Now, large swathes of voters are terrified that they will not be able to keep up with soaring costs.
A YouGov survey conducted Thursday and Friday of 1,744 adults suggested 86% expected their cost of living to increase this year.
This figure rose to over 90% among Conservative voters.
And 67 percent of voters said they were worried about rising prices.
Up to 59% was supported using tax revenue to limit the rise in gas and electricity bills expected during the revision of the energy price cap in April.
And that figure rose to 66% for Tory voters, who appeared to prefer taxpayer subsidies over Labor voters, thanks to strong support from over-65s.
And worrying about the government, 33 percent said they expected their fuel bills to “increase more than I can afford in the coming year.”
Mr Johnson has been urged to step in to protect households from soaring prices.
He is due to meet with Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, and Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, to discuss the measures.
One suggested measure has been to remove VAT on energy bills, a policy introduced by the EU in the 1990s.
But the PM said the move would not be an effective mechanism to protect the British, despite pledging in the 2016 Brexit referendum that Britain could get rid of the policy imposed by Brussels.
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He added: “This (the increase in international gas prices) is actually motivated by the decisions made by Moscow because they stopped pumping so much gas.
“All of this crosses the rest of Europe through a series of pipelines and is reflected in UK energy bills. “
But despite this, allowing energy companies to defer the payment of environmental taxes remains an option under consideration.
But it is suspected that they are unlikely to be removed entirely, despite calls from some backbench MPs.
The Taxpayers’ Alliance analysis estimates that environmental taxes will increase by more than 40% under the current Prime Minister.
Its analysis of Office for Budget Responsibility figures indicated that the £ 11.7 billion raised by measures such as the climate change tax and the carbon floor price would rise to £ 16.7 billion d ‘by May 2024, when an election is scheduled.
It comes at a time when Mr Johnson’s popularity is plummeting.
Mr Johnson’s net approval rating in an Opinium poll last week was minus 24%, down from minus 31% before Christmas.
But it is still far behind Labor Party leader Keir Starmer, with more than 3%.
Support for the Tories rose two percentage points to 34 percent, but it remains below Labor’s 39 percent in the Jan. 5-7 survey.