Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer used Prime Minister’s Questions to raise concerns over the Government’s policy to give all 28 million households in Britain a £200 up-front rebate on their energy bills from October.
This will be recouped by hiking bills by £40 per year over five years from 2023.
Chancellor Mr Sunak has also promised a £150 council tax rebate for homes in bands A to D.
Sir Keir told Mr Johnson to “stand up to this Chancellor” by telling him to support families “rather than loading them with debt” and take a look at the “bumper profits” of oil and gas giants.
But Mr Johnson said the Labour plan, which includes a windfall tax on North Sea oil and gas producers, would “clobber” supplies but joked it was an “improvement” on nationalising the companies.
The Prime Minister added: “What he would be doing is hitting the energy companies at precisely the time when we need to encourage them go for more gas because we need to…