Skyrocketing energy bills will drive families to destitution 

Commenting on reports that the energy price cap is set to rise to more than £4,200 in January, Scottish Greens MSP Mark Ruskell said: 
“The UK Government must set out now how it will act to keep bills down. Households are already struggling to cope with the rising cost of living, and we know things are only going to get worse. 
“Inflation is running at a level not seen in decades, impacting the cost of food, fuel and energy. 
“We already knew that heating bills were due to increase steeply in October, but the news that an average household bill could be higher than £4,200 come January is devastating. 
“These price rises are simply unaffordable and will drive families across the country into destitution. 
“It also seems certain that without urgent support from the UK Government we’ll see a significant rise in winter deaths as people who simply can’t afford to turn on their heating freeze to death. 
“This cannot be allowed to happen in the UK in the 21st century. 
“It’s time for the Westminster Tory government to end its navel gazing and set out a support package that will keep bills down and save lives. Taxing the record profits recently announced by energy giants would be a simple and effective way to pay for such a package.”