Nobody should be cut off this winter because they can’t pay their energy bills, chancellor Nadhim Zahawi today said.
In an interview with Sky News’ Key Burley on a visit to Washington, Zahawi said: “We have a cost of living crisis, [with] much of it driven by the high level of energy cost that is being used by Putin as a weapon of getting back at us for the help that we give to Ukraine.
“So this international collaboration is incredibly important, because we have to send a message to Vladimir Putin… [that it is] not going to work to divide us.
“We will remain resolute. We will remain committed to helping Ukraine get their country back.”
Asked how long the UK could continue its support when the crisis is growing at home, the chancellor said prices would be “much greater” if Britain walked away and Europe has to “co-ordinate”.
“We need to be resolute and remember why we’re doing this,” Mr Zahawi told Kay Burley. “There is war on our continent.
“Very few people predicted that. Wars happen in far flung places. And our response now [is] our ability to stay strong.
“[But] of course, we have to make sure as chancellor, as a government, we help those families that need the help, and target that help.”