Government will not rule out windfall tax despite opposition from ministers

Government will not rule out windfall tax despite opposition from ministers
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has said the Cabinet is considering ‘all the options’ to combat the cost-of-living crisis.

ザ・ 政府 has not ruled out imposing a windfall tax on energy companies despite strong opposition from several ministers.

教育大臣 ナディム・ザハウィ has said the 戸棚 is considering “all the options” to combat the cost-of-living crisis, including a one-off levy on firms which have benefited from globally high gas and oil prices.

首相 リシ・スナック has not ruled out imposing a windfall tax on energy producers, but ministers including アン・マリー・トレベリアン, ブランドンルイス, Sajid Javid and Jacob Rees-Mogg have criticised the measure as ineffective.

Nadhim Zahawi said the Cabinet is considering ‘every option’ to alleviate the cost-of-living crisis (James Manning/PA)
Nadhim Zahawi said the Cabinet is considering ‘every option’ to alleviate the cost-of-living crisis (James Manning/PA)

When asked about imposing a windfall tax by Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, ザハウィ氏は言った: “We will look at all the options.

“I with the Chancellor, Prime Minister and Cabinet will look at every option.”

But he spoke about the impact this could have on elderly people, 追加する: “If you apply a windfall tax, (企業) will probably have to reduce or take away their dividend.

“Who receives the dividend? Pensioners through their pension funds.

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan (ユイモク/ PA).
International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan (ユイモク/ PA).

“Investment has to be real, which is what I think Rishi (祭壇) will demand of all these companies and to see a roadmap towards that investment. We’re not taking any options off the table.”

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the Government is encouraging energy producers to invest their profits in green alternatives rather than imposing the tax.

She told Times Radio: “As the Chancellor said, it’s really important that he’s able to keep everything under review.

“He has set out a very clear position that he wants these energy companies, as they have made unexpectedly higher profits because of these price hikes, that they use that to invest in the clean energies of the future.”

E.ON UK chief executive Michael Lewis called on ministers to ‘tax those with the broadest shoulders’ (James Manning/PA)
E.ON UK chief executive Michael Lewis called on ministers to ‘tax those with the broadest shoulders’ (James Manning/PA)

Ms Trevelyan described a windfall tax as a “very short-term measure”, 追加する: “I don’t think a windfall tax is the most efficient way to do anything, I don’t think it drives forward at a pace.”

その間, Michael Lewis, chief executive of E.ON UK, has called on the Government to “tax those with the broadest shoulders”.

He told BBC One’s Sunday Morning TV show that approximately one million of E.ON’s eight million UK accounts are already in arrears, and this is expected to rise by 50% come October.

Mr Lewis said increasing Universal Credit payments and imposing a “social tariff” on energy companies would ease the cost of bills for those struggling to pay them.

Responding to E.ON’s projection for the number of people expected to be in arrears by October, shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves renewed Labour’s calls for the Government to urgently impose a windfall tax.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves urged the Government to ‘act now’ (カースティオコナー/ PA)
Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves urged the Government to ‘act now’ (カースティオコナー/ PA)

彼女は言いました: “These comments underline how tough the cost-of-living crisis is for families, and how Conservative delays will see the situation get even worse.

“The Government must act now, by bringing in a windfall tax on oil and gas producer profits to cut bills.”

Jesse Norman, a Conservative former minister, said he supports a “temporary and well-defined” windfall tax which would be “equitable” for consumers, and believes former prime minister Margaret Thatcher would have imposed it if she were in charge.

彼はツイッターで言った: “As several present and former oil and gas CEOs have noted, it won’t much change companies’ investment plans or the incentive to invest.”

“It is also quite wrong to say that a levy or tax of this kind would be unconservative," 彼が追加した.

“On the contrary, it would be both ethically principled and pragmatic.

“For what it is worth, although she rightly would not have liked the idea much, I have no doubt Margaret Thatcher in her pragmatic prime would have levied a limited and temporary tax of this kind.”

Labour has also warned that schools in England could be paying an estimated £1 billion-a-year in energy bills, taking money away from pupils’ learning.

The party said children’s futures were being put at risk, citing Government data which showed the cost of energy to state schools after a projected increase of 93% at the end of 2021.

平均して, secondary schools were now estimated to be spending over £161,000 on energy, while primaries were spending around £32,000, according to data compiled by the House of Commons Library.

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