A gas stove turned on with a flame
| 30/06/2022

Beyond Sticking Plasters: Cost of living & the energy crisis

UK energy prices have increased by about 50% over the past six months and further sharp increases are expected over the next year. This will squeeze domestic budgets, especially for those households with less than the average disposable income of £31,000 a year, for whom energy already makes up 7% of expenditures.

At the end of May, the UK government unveiled a £15bn-plus policy package to address higher prices, big enough to redistribute close to 1% of national output.

While this will mitigate the immediate pressure, governments need to think beyond the short term. The shock also illustrates the need for Britain (and others) to face up to medium term challenges: the carbon transition and the need to resist Putin’s designs on the balance of power in Europe. Both require fundamental reform of our energy systems, not financial sticking plasters.

In our latest report “Beyond Sticking Plasters: Cost of living & the energy crisis”, we look at how UK consumers are reacting to the energy shock and their expectations of the UK government.

[Yesterday 15:58] Chris Loy

In this report, we also propose set of solutions that could both help the public with high bills in the short term, respond to public desire for a roadmap towards a more resilient energy economy, and support longer term goals such as moving towards Net Zero emissions at the lowest cost.

Our series of research papers and reports take a deeper dive into the latest trends and hot topics within the UK’s political economy. These reports will share strategic business and policy recommendations, supported by our latest research and insights, that can drive positive change across the UK.

To find out more about how we can help your business drive meaningful change through data-backed strategy and influence, get in touch with us today.


Download Our Insights Report

We have put together a report to describe how to become a parlor game in Washington, on Wall Street, and in Silicon Valley to figure out where U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler.

Sign up to our latest Insights and receive the report