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Ed Davey calls for extension of Warm Homes Discount scheme to help poorest with soaring energy costs

On Trevor Phillips on Sky this morning, Ed Davey did a fantastic job of taking down the Conservatives over their “cruel” cuts to Universal Credit.
As a former Secretary of State for Energy, he speaks with some authority on rising fuel prices and how to…

On Trevor Phillips on Sky this morning, Ed Davey did a fantastic job of taking down the Conservatives over their "cruel" cuts to Universal Credit. As a former Secretary of State for Energy, he speaks with some authority on rising fuel prices and how to help the poorest through that. He called for the Warm Homes Discount, currently worth GBP140 to those on certain benefits or low incomes to be doubled or tripled and for eligibility to be extended.

He also highlighted how he had continued the insulation programmes in place when he took over, but the Conservatives had failed to keep that work going.

Lib Dem leader @EdwardJDavey tells @TrevorPTweets the business secretary has failed to "engage" with the energy crisis, adding he would triple the Warm Homes Discount and extend it to more households.#Phillips: https://t.co/7FArLWBlRL pic.twitter.com/BquzJQhSOI -- Trevor Phillips on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) October 10, 2021

He was also asked about the story this morning that the UK Government had not paid France what it owes for border work. Ed spoke about how people needed safe and legal routes to come to this country to settle as refugees or to be reunited with family.

"It looks like the UK government isn't paying its bills and that's causing the problem."

Lib Dem leader @EdwardJDavey says the govt's policy on migrant crossings "is not working" because they're "not dealing with the root cause".#Phillips: https://t.co/7FArLWBlRL pic.twitter.com/ZfVUm4hQBF -- Trevor Phillips on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) October 10, 2021

It was a strong interview with a simple and clear message. This was in definite contrast to Kwasi Kwarteng, who struggled to inspire confidence that he could keep the lights on this Winter.

I remember that awful Winter in 1973 when we kept having power cuts and I have no desire to repeat that, thank you very much.