Energy bills freeze: Truss promises masterplan will go ahead despite Queen’s death. Fred says if the UK does this and we (Republic of Ireland) rely on 70% of our fossil fuels for supply and electricity, the Budget due in two weeks must follow this masterplan by Truss in the UK

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Energy bills freeze: Truss promises masterplan will go ahead despite Queen’s death

THE PRIME Minister’s office has noted that the death of Queen Elizabeth II won’t affect the rollout of the energy bills freeze for millions of households.

By Antony Ashkenaz

16:03, Sat, Sep 10, 2022 | UPDATED: 16:03, Sat, Sep 10, 2022

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On Thursday, Liz Truss unveiled a plan to help millions of families and businesses as she announced a two-year energy price freeze. Adding that it was a time to be “bold”, she set out an estimated £150billion emergency package that would cap the household bills at £2,500 per year. However, soon after the announcement, Britain was thrown into a state of grief and chaos as the Queen became ill and sadly passed away hours later.

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In a statement yesterday, No10 noted that it does not believe the mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II’s death will have any impact on Ms Truss’s £150billion masterplan.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said that households around the country will have their bills frozen for two years, starting from 1 October, as scheduled.

This statement came amidst concerns that the 10-day parliamentary recess for mourning the Queen’s passing could hamper plans to stop the energy price cap from rising automatically to £3,549 next month.

But a No 10 spokesman said: “We’re implementing that guarantee initially through private contracts with suppliers rather than through legislation – so this mourning period doesn’t impact that introduction.

Energy bills freeze: Truss promises masterplan will go ahead despite Queen’s death

Energy bills freeze: Truss promises masterplan will go ahead despite Queen’s death (Image: Getty)

Parliament is in recess for 10 days following the Queen's death

Parliament is in recess for 10 days following the Queen’s death (Image: Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

“We’re working urgently now on the wider aspects of the policy to ensure it can be delivered.

“As it stands, we do not believe the mourning period would impact on delivery of the policy.”

This clarification came as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) confirmed that households currently on a fixed rate tariff would still benefit from the £2,500 energy bill guarantee.

Money-saving expert Martin Lewis warned of a potential issue that could arise for people on fixed rate tariffs, who may have had to cancel their deal and switch to a variable rate.

READ MORE: Truss handed Brexit energy masterplan to unlock ‘thousands of jobs’

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