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Sir Keir Starmer Calls for Oil and Gas Tax Extension

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Labour has requested a tax extension for oil and gas forms to support a halt in the energy price cap. 

The cap, the highest amount suppliers can set for average usage, is expected to reach over $ 4,350 in October and over $ 5,181 in January.

Leader Sir Keir Starmer said Labour’s vision was assumed and ordinary families will have savings of about $1,214. The government also said it has allocated around $44.9 billion of funding to assist people during the winter. 

Sir Keir has revealed his party’s plan to support an energy bill of around $35.2 billion, declaring that Labour  “wouldn’t let people pay a penny more” for winter fuel costs. He stated that halting the price cap at the current level of around $2,393 per year for the ordinary household would decrease inflation by four percentage points. 

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Sir Keir: The Party Would Decrease Inflation

Inflation reached 9.4% in June, the all-time high in over 40 years. The Bank of England has cautioned it could go higher at over 13% this year. 

The primary reason behind high inflation is skyrocketing energy bills brought by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, despite households already being affected by soaring petrol, diesel, and food costs. 

Regarding power, Labour stated that it would compensate for the plans for higher tax revenues from oil and gas manufacturers. 

The government revealed in May a windfall tax on oil and gas company revenues of 25%, which it predicts will increase to around $6.07 billion in its first year. 

According to Labour, it would conclude an “absurd loophole,” dating to January and counting for increasing oil and gas prices, which it stated would increase $9.7 billion.

Furthermore, the party said it would increase around $17 billion from other measures like decreasing the $485.5 energy rebate and leaving funding made by the Conservative leadership contenders.

Sir Keir stated that his party would also decrease the inflation rate, resulting in a trim in the government’s debt by enveloping 19 million households over the next few years.

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