The MP for Westmorland, Furness and Eden welcomed the announcement of a £400 grant given to households funded by a windfall tax. 

"Thank goodness that families will finally get support with their energy bills through a windfall tax.

"It's incredibly frustrating that the Government dragged their feet over it for so long while people struggled to heat their homes and feed their kids." 

UK energy firms will pay an additional 25per cent tax for the next 12 months. 

This means that every household in the UK will get a payment of £400 to help with energy bills in the autumn. 

The poorest households will also get a payment of £650 to help with the cost of living, according to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

There will also be payment of £300 to pensioner households and £150 to individuals receiving disability benefits. 

The Gazette spoke to Stuart Young last week who commented that Cumbria's high retired population are vulnerable to hikes in energy prices, as their pension schemes will not go up to reflect inflation hikes until next April.


According to the Office for National Statistics, nearly 25 percent of Cumbria's population are above the age of 65. 

Earlier this week, OFGEM warned that 12 million households across the UK could be pushed into fuel poverty. This is measured at paying 10% or more of a household's income on energy.

Despite the grants, Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron said that the Government: 

"Only decided to do this now in an attempt to save the Prime Minister's skin."

This is in reference to the ongoing Partygate scandal. 

The Gazette interviewed Mr. Farron over his response to the scandal. Then he argued that the Government's approach to all current political issues are as a means to deflect from damaging reports of 10 Downing Street having parties during the COVID lockdowns.


Today he called the move a "humiliating u-turn from a Government in chaos."

Conservative MP Simon Fell for Barrow was approached for comment by the Gazette.