Ellesmere Port and Neston MP, Justin Madders, has joined calls to save struggling families around £200 on their utility bills.

The Labour politician has supported a package of measures introduced by Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves, which includes a windfall tax on North Sea Oil and Gas to stop energy bills rising in 2022.

Labour have criticised the Government's failure to use renewable and nuclear energy sources to make homes warmer and better insulated. The lack of proper regulation, they say, has also caused dozens of energy companies to go bust.

Mr Madders said that Labour would introduce fully-funded measures to reduce expected price rises in April, saving most households around £200 or more. Targeted extra support would also be available to families, pensioners and the lowest earners with up to a £600 reduction on energy bills and a freeze on any currently expected rises.

This would be paid for with a one-off windfall tax on North Sea Oil and Gas producers who have profited from price rises.

Mr Madders said: “It is entirely right that the energy producers which are benefitting from this crisis are asked to pay their fair share. We will reform our broken energy system so we deliver the green transition we need, energy security, and bills that are affordable.”

The Conservatives are understood to have held several meetings over the proposed price rises in April, with Chancellor Rishi Sunak under pressure to provide funding to help those most at risk from the increase.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "I understand how difficult it is for people, I understand the pressures that people are facing on household finances. This is the result of global price spikes as a result of the economy coming back from Covid. But it’s making life very tough."