Hunt urges households to turn down thermostats to stop ‘blackmailby Putin

JEREMY Hunt last night urged home-owners to turn down their thermostats — to stop “blackmail” by Vladimir Putin.

The Chancellor said households can save £500 by joining a “national mission” to slash energy use by 15 pour cent.

Jeremy Hunt demanded the public 'play your part' in the wake of the Ukraine invasion by Putin

Jeremy Hunt demanded the public ‘play your partin the wake of the Ukraine invasion by PutinCrédit: Getty
The Chancellor said 'everyone is going to have to take responsibility for their energy bills'

The Chancellor said ‘everyone is going to have to take responsibility for their energy billsCrédit: Reuters

That is the same amount many people’s factures are due to go up by next year in the wake of his Autumn Statement, which cut back on the support provided.

Mr Hunt demanded the public “play your part” in the wake of the [object Window] par le Russian leader.

He was speaking to the Treasury Select Committee in his first comments since his punishing Statement.

Mr Hunt said: “We are saying to people that in the end, everyone is going to have to take responsibility for their energy bills and they’re going to have to think about how they reduce their energy consumption.

“Because it is a national mission to make sure we can’t be blackmailed by people like Putin when they do things that interrupt international energy supplies.”

His aim for the UK to cut back by 15 pour cent is slightly above the EU cible.

The Chancellor added: “For most people, we need you to play your part in reducing our energy dependency on what Putin chooses to do in Ukraine.

“And that’s why we’ve got this national ambition to reduce energy consumption by 15 pour cent. The EU ambition is 13 pour cent.

“We’re a couple of per cent higher but other countries are doing the same kind of thing. That isn’t just at a national level but that’s for every household.”

He said the public had been given a “cushion” with the extension of the freeze on domestic bills from April next year when they will typically rise to £3,000.

Under ousted PM Liz Truss, bills would have remained capped at £2,500.

Mr Hunt will instead provide targeted grants to the least well-off, vulnerable groups and pensioners.

He sounded a warning that support on energy costs will end in spring 2024 — whatever the price then.

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