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The government is letting us down on climate change and the economy

In our latest MP’s column, Enfield North MP Feryal Clark slams the government’s economic record and for pushing back net zero targets

Enfield North MP Feryal Clark (credit parliament.uk)
Feryal Clark MP (credit parliament.uk)

We must tackle the cost-of-living crisis and climate crisis together.

The last year has been incredibly challenging for everyone in Enfield North. Locally, I have been working hard to address this, but I know the cost-of-living is hitting everyone.

Working hard, buying a home, raising a family – all these things are difficult enough as it is. People expect the government to keep our economy stable so that their family’s future is secure. But this Tory government has failed to uphold its end of the bargain.

Rising mortgage costs are adding to the painful squeeze on family finances. Meeting monthly payments is forcing tough choices, from having to cut back on the weekly shop to putting holidays and other family treats on hold.

I know from talking to residents that people in Enfield North are worried about what the future holds, particularly about their mortgages. But the government has no plan to fix this. Thirteen years of economic mismanagement and the disastrous ‘mini budget’ by Liz Truss have broken our economy.

Families are left to pay the price for this, with people in Enfield North now paying an extra £4,700 a year on their mortgage thanks to the Tory mortgage bombshell.

Not only is the government gambling with people’s finances, but they’re also gambling with people’s futures by delaying our climate targets. Residents and local businesses are right to ask: what does this decision mean for them? How much will it cost them?

This U-turn on areas like energy efficiency measures will push up bills for millions of people and increase our reliance on imported gas. Delaying this transition will only add costs to families and damage investor confidence, risking jobs and security.

Residents deserve certainty, but this is a government that cannot keep its word, they cannot be trusted to run our country, and they are trashing our reputation internationally.

I’ve always been clear: we must tackle the cost-of-living crisis and climate crisis together. But the Conservatives are doing the opposite, tackling neither, and making both worse.

Our focus must be on creating jobs, growing the economy, and bringing down bills for families and businesses here in Enfield North and around the country, and yet, last month, the government’s decision undermined all three. Delaying our climate commitments will only cost the country more. This is a short-term decision by a government short on ideas and short on time.

Feryal Clark is a Labour MP for Enfield North. If you are a constituent, you can get in touch with her by phone or email:
Call 0208 804 4543
Email [email protected]


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