Cost of living campaign: ‘Urgent help’ message to new prime minister Liz Truss

We need help - now - to prevent a cost-of-living catastrophe in our city.

Prime Minister, we need urgent help.

As Liz Truss today (September 6) prepares to meet the Queen at Balmoral after securing the keys to Number 10, we have this stark message for her on behalf of everyone in London.

Businesses will fold, many people will go cold, hungry or both and some will die unless you, Ms Truss, take radical action immediately.

LondonWorld and NationalWorld are highlighting the cost of living crisis and its impact on our city in a series of articles over the coming weeks. Photo: LW

Spiralling energy prices are already hitting the poorest in London hardest.

It is a scandal that prepayment meters, used by many on low incomes, come with higher energy costs under the price cap.

It can’t be right that someone on a prepayment meter is charged more than anyone else to boil a kettle or put on the heating.

We are joining forces with our sister titles in cities up and down the UK to demand urgent help for both households and businesses.

We are calling on Liz Truss to take immediate action, specifically:

  • To stop the cost of energy from going above double the levels seen last winter, for both households and businesses;
  • To help those on prepayment meters so they are no longer facing higher energy prices;
  • And to tell energy companies that they cannot cut off the supply to any homes this winter if people fall behind on their bills.
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan has demanded a pandemic-style package of support to help people survive this winter.

While City Hall research has shown Londoners are worse hit by the cost of living crisis than the UK average, with inflation in the capital 1.5% points higher than the nationwide figure.

We need help - now - to prevent a cost-of-living catastrophe in our city.

Jessica Frank-Keyes and the LondonWorld team

LondonWorld and NationalWorld will be highlighting the cost of living crisis and its impact on our city in a series of articles over the coming weeks.

We will be calling on our leaders - in politics, business, and our communities - to step up for our city.

And we want to hear from you, our readers, about your own experiences.

  • How are rising energy bills, fuel costs and food prices affecting your daily life?
  • What worries you about the prospect of the winter ahead?
  • And - crucially - where can the government help?

How is the cost of living crisis in London affecting you? Contact London World and speak to one of our reporters in confidence on [email protected] or via Twitter or Facebook.