Dear The Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP,
Following Monday’s (17/10) statement in the House of Commons I am still unclear about the government’s support for constituents who are unable to access a domestic energy supply.
My first related to off-grid customers, of which there are many in my constituency. Off-grid customers are particularly vulnerable to rising costs as there are more factors affecting them. The rise in energy costs across the board is one part, but these customers have also been impacted by a cut in oil production. Supply will be unable to meet the demand and prices will undoubtably rise again.
On Monday, the Minister confirmed a £100 payment for off-grid customers, as well as an equivalent to the £400 energy bills support scheme (EBSS). This £100 figure is simply not enough, given the volatility of the market.
My second question relates to support for park home residents. I have written to the department numerous times about my constituents who live in park homes and pay electricity costs through the ground owner, rather than their own domestic supply account. I was first told that an announcement would be forthcoming.
Sometime later, I was then told that these customers would receive equivalent support to the EBSS, with further details being announced in the Autumn. These details are still to be announced.
The energy crisis has been at the forefront of conversation and debate for months, in Parliament and in people’s living rooms. The time taken for these announcements has added to the stress faced by millions. Clarity is needed now.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP
Member of Parliament for Gower / Aelod Seneddol dros Gŵyr
Yesterday in Parliament, I contributed to the debate on the Identity and Language (Northern Ireland) Bill, in my shadow Northern Ireland minister role.
This Bill aims to make provision about the national and cultural identity and language in Northern Ireland.
My full speech is available to read here.
Residents from across Swansea came together for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer support on Friday.
Tonia Antoniazzi and Rebecca Evans, the Member of Parliament and Member of the Senedd for Gower respectively, hosted the fundraising coffee morning on the 30th September at the New Lodge in Gorseinon which raised over £300.
Both were joined by residents from across Gower as well as PCSOs, and Penyrheol Councillors Jan Curtice, Andrew Stevens and Nicola Matthews, Pontlliw Councillor Victoria Holland and Llwchwr Councillor Adam Davis.
Tonia Antoniazzi, Member of Parliament for Gower said “It was lovely to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones too and I’m looking forward to doing more in person events in the constituency again!
“As Chair of the APPG on Cancer, I will continue to ensure the 3 million people living with cancer in the UK have their experiences heard in Parliament.
“It has been a fabulous occasion so thank you to everyone who came, baked a cake or donated to this worthy cause.
“One in three of us will get cancer in our lifetime, and Macmillan’s goal is to make sure no one faces cancer alone.
Rebecca Evans, Member of the Senedd for Gower said, “A huge ‘thank you’ must go to everyone who supported the coffee morning - either by coming along for a cuppa and a chat, or by putting their baking skills to work and making some amazing creations.
“Thank you, too, to Macmillan for all the wonderful work that they do, including offering money advice to people affected by cancer and their families. This will be a welcome source of help for many people during the cost of living crisis.”
Macmillan’s Chief Executive, Lynda Thomas, added: “Every penny raised at a coffee morning will help fund more services for people affected by cancer. Your involvement - no matter how small - means there will be enough practical, medical, financial and emotional support to help to change the lives of everyone affected by cancer for the better. And for that, we think you should feel good!”
There's no right or wrong way to take part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Whether you throw your own coffee morning, roll out the tea trolley at work for elevenses with colleagues or lay on a glamorous coffee-themed cocktail evening, it really is up to you. The important thing is everyone who takes part has a great time whilst making a difference.
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Last year I was fortunate enough to lead a Westminster Hall debate on Sewage Discharge from Water Companies. My full speech can be watched below: