Steve McCabe, the Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Selly Oak has today called on the Chancellor to cut VAT on fuel and energy bills, introduce a windfall tax on the super profits of gas and oil companies and produce a comprehensive energy plan to address energy security. Following on from challenging the Chancellor over the planned National Insurance hike in Parliament recently, Steve asked residents in Selly Oak what was most important to them in the upcoming Spring Statement.
Hundreds of people responded to the poll, with over 93% backing Steve’s call for a windfall tax on gas and fuel companies. Local residents are concerned about the huge profits of multinational Corporation’s when they themselves are struggling to afford to get to and from work and heat their homes. It’s clear that measures to support those worst effected are much needed.
Steve has said:
‘I have heard from so many constituents about how hard they are feeling the squeeze due to the rise in cost of living from staple foods to fuel and just about everything in between. With families being forced to pick between heating or eating and retirees using life saving’s to pay rising bills, the Chancellor has to intervene.
The three key measures I have set out which I would like to see introduced at the Spring Statement are just the beginning. A cut to fuel duty and the reintroduction of the £20 Universal Credit uplift are just two of the other measures I will continue to push for to help those most in need. People need real help now.’