Sara’s Blog: Energy Crisis, windfall tax and Environmentally Conscious Staffordshire

Another week in politics when yet again we all feel frustrated, punch drunk and devoid of answers to the harsh issues facing consumers and business.

So, it was welcome news earlier today (26 May) that Rishi Sunak acknowledged the acute distress’ caused to millions by inflation and announced in his cost-of-living statement that households in England, Scotland and Wales are set to have £400 knocked off energy bills this winter as part of a £15bn support package. All households will now receive the minimum £400 payment towards bills replacing the proposed £200 loan. There will also be additional help for those with the lowest income.

The extra money to pay for this subsidy will be largely funded by a 25% windfall tax on oil and gas firms.

But it still begs the question of what help is available for business facing mounting costs, supply chain and labour problems – as there was precious little mentioned in the Chancellor’s statement?

Staffordshire Chambers and the British Chambers of Commerce will be continuing calls for an emergency budget and pressuring the government for answers as simply leaving firms to sink or swim is totally unacceptable. It will lead to untold damage to our already beleaguered economy.

It is important that you let us have your views and concerns so that we can represent you at the highest level on this crucial issue. Please get in touch by the methods below or post on our Virtual Members Lounge at

In the meantime, businesses can check out what help is available from Ofgem

Getting help if your business can’t afford its energy bills | Ofgem


Environmentally Conscious Staffordshire

As part of the global effort to tackle climate change, we are committed to supporting businesses in our region in becoming world leaders in environment and sustainability. Due to the pandemic, new ways of working have grown to become a priority for most people who are now looking to join companies who share common interests. The Environmentally Conscious Staffordshire campaign provides businesses with key updates and changes they can make within their workplace to become world leaders in the race to Net Zero.

The campaign focuses on three main areas: clean air, carbon literacy and net zero. It provides a series of case studies and webinars to help support businesses in Staffordshire overcome the challenges of becoming carbon neutral and sustainable.

The three areas of focus for this campaign align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) which the Chambers has pledged to focus on and support businesses in order to create their own plan of action towards the goals.

You can find out more and get involved here: Environmentally Conscious Staffordshire – Staffordshire Chambers


If you want to talk to us about business issues highlighted above, or any other issues including funding, you can call our switchboard on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002 or email:

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