Individuals who may have been hoping for assistance to obtain cheap energy in yesterday's (November 29th) Autumn Statement may have been left disappointed.
This is according to consumer group Which?, as it had previously called for chancellor George Osborne to reinvest revenue obtained from VAT on gas and electricity bills into efficiency improvements, but no such announcement was made.
The organisation noted the £200 million the government collects every year from this levy could have funded the installation of 80,000 new boilers or 400,000 cavity wall insulations.
Executive director of Which? Richard Lloyd stated many people would be angry that the government offered tax breaks to energy intensive commercial users, but ignored the needs of families struggling with fuel poverty.
"It's disappointing that the government has not taken this opportunity to support hard-pressed consumers who are facing soaring energy bills this winter," he said.
Last week, however, the government did pump an extra £200 million into the Green Deal scheme in order to provide incentives to those who apply for the programme early.
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