Lynne Fernquest: Taxes are crippling those who they seek to support
We applaud MP Jacob Rees-Mogg's political bravery in calling for green energy taxes to be scrapped in an attempt to bring down electricity and gas prices.
We sympathise with his frustration that the tax is contributing to an energy price rise spiral which could lead to some of his constituents dying from the cold this winter.
We know that in the Somerset Guardian area, with winter beginning to bite, various organisations have serious concerns for people on limited incomes and pensioners.
The Somerset Guardian agrees that anything that puts the wellbeing of local people at immediate risk should start alarm bells ringing.
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Mr Rees-Mogg is correct when he says that the green tax on energy is pushing up bills and with energy costs rising this is a problem that is only going to get worse.
We know that elderly people are particularly vulnerable in the winter, with many 'frightened' to keep themselves as warm as they should.
If Mr Rees-Mogg's figures are accurate and profits for energy companies accounted for about four to five per cent of prices, while the government tax accounted for more than double that then that is certainly a cause for concern.
We know that the green tax revenue goes towards investment in alternative sources of energy, however with such controversy surrounding that spend shouldn't we at least query the amount of tax taken?
Mr Rees-Mogg has called for "urgent and radical action" to slash or remove the tax.
What do you think?