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Martin Lewis warns of ‘catastrophe’ over soaring energy bills ‘on scale of pandemic’

The Independent logo The Independent 10/08/2022 Maryam Zakir-Hussain
Good Morning Britain Martin Lewis © ITV Good Morning Britain Martin Lewis

Martin Lewis has desperately warned of a “national crisis on the scale of the pandemic” as energy bills continue to soar amid a devastating cost of living crisis.

The Money Saving Expert founder delivered an explosive interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today in which he passionately urged the “zombie government” to take urgent action.

“When you know there’s a crisis of magnificent propotions coming, you start dealing with it now,” he said. “What we are facing right now is a financial emergency that risks lives.”

Mr Lewis compared the devastating energy crisis to a volcano that is “exploding right now” as he warned, “the catastrophe is bubbling up” and government waiting for 5 September to act “is not good enough”.

Breaking down the figures, the consumer expert explained what the energy price cap means for households.

He said: “Based on current prediction which is likely to be right with a very small margin of error, for every £100 direct debit you currently pay, you will be paying £180 in October and £215 in January.

“That is a cataclysmic rise for households.”

He stressed the devastating impact this will have on “millions of households” who will “simply not be able to afford it”.

“We’re not talking mortgages, we’re not talking rent, we’re talking energy bills. This is absolutely catastrophic.”

Mr Lewis held his head in his hands in frustration as he struggled to understand why the government is not reacting to the situation as an emergency.

“If we had a volcano in the UK that was exploding now, I would be very suprised if government said it can’t call a Cobra meeting on the back of it because we don’t have a working government,” he said as he called on Tory leadership candidates Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to do something.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he tore Ms Truss’ plans, which he said were tantamount to “a sticking plaster on a gaping wound”.

“Let’s be clear, tax cuts will not help the millions of the poorest people who will be choosing between heating and eating,” Mr Lewis said.

“If the only plan is tax cuts and dropping the green levy than we are going to leave millions destitute this winter.”

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