NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Fuelling crisis could ‘last another week’ and beyond AND household bills to skyrocket
Here’s your latest headlines update from across England and Wales including the fuelling crisis could last another ‘week or so’, household bills are set to increase, and Natasha’s Law comes into force this month.
FUELLING CRISIS: Motorists could face another "week or so" of long queues at the filling stations as demand for petrol remains strong, a Government minister has warned. Policing minister Kit Malthouse said there needs to be an "improvement" in the situation in the coming days and that Boris Johnson stands ready to review matters if there is any deterioration.
His downbeat assessment contrasted sharply with comments by other ministers in recent days that the situation would swiftly return to normal as drivers resumed their usual buying patterns.
It follows a warning by the Petrol Retailers Association that filling stations were running out of fuel faster than they could be resupplied, with one in four forecourts having run dry.
HOUSEHOLD BILLS: Energy bills for fifteen million households will increase by at least one hundred and thirty nine pounds to a record high. The regulator decided in August that energy customers on default tariffs paying by direct debit will see the sharpest jump in prices, taking average bills to one thousand two hundred and seventy seven pounds.
Pre-payment customers will see costs rise by £153, from £1,156 to £1,309.
The increase has been driven by a rise of more than 50% in energy costs over the last six months, with gas prices hitting a record high as inflation jumped amid the easing of pandemic restrictions, Ofgem said.
However the latest cap was determined before further unprecedented increases in global prices, which has seen nine small UK suppliers collapse since the start of September.
ALLERGY LAW: The parents of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who died aged 15 from an allergic reaction after eating a baguette, have welcomed the introduction of a new law in her name. Natasha's Law requires all food retailers to display full ingredient and allergen labelling on every food item made on the premises and pre-packed for direct sale.
Tanya and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, who set up the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, campaigned for the change in the law after a food labelling loophole – which left Natasha unaware that the baguette she ate contained hidden sesame seeds – was highlighted at the inquest into her death in 2018.
The coroner concluded that Natasha would not have eaten the baguette if the seeds had been included on the label.
Natasha died on July 17, 2016 after eating a Pret a Manger artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette before boarding a flight at Heathrow airport to Nice with her father and best friend Bethany.
The baguette had sesame seeds, to which Natasha was severely allergic, baked into the dough.
Natasha suffered a severe allergic reaction within minutes of taking off. Her father administered two Epi-pens delivering potentially life-saving adrenaline but they did not work.
Natasha had multiple cardiac arrests on the flight and died later that day at a French hospital.
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