Brits could get up to £10,000 off their bills based on where they live – find out if you would qualify | The Sun

BRITS living closest to new pylons and electricity substations could receive up to £10,000 off their bills.

Jeremy Hunt will detail the bid to reduce the delays to projects because of planning objections in his autumn statement on Wednesday.

The move will come alongside plans to halve the time it takes to deliver new electricity networks to seven years and a prioritisation of the rollout of electric vehicle charging points.

The Chancellor is also considering handing white van men a tax cut next week.

Officials argued the reforms are part of plans to boost economic growth and to help the UK hit net zero, after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faced criticism for watering down climate plans.

A new "premium" planning service across England would aim to speed up pre-applications services for major applications in exchange for a fee and refunds when not met.

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Matt Copeland, head of policy at the National Energy Action campaign to eradicate fuel poverty, said: "It's only right that those affected by pylons are compensated.

"But this is not a substitute for the UK Government supporting vulnerable people with their sky-high energy bills.

"Millions of households will be cold at home this winter if no further support is announced in the autumn statement this week."

The Treasury declined to say who would be paying for the discount on bills.

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Labour's shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Darren Jones said: "After 13 years of Tory economic failure, this Conservative Government is out of ideas and now looking to Labour for the solutions."

Liberal Democrat Treasury spokeswoman Sarah Olney said: "This scheme would create a postcode lottery system leaving millions of families still facing higher energy bills while others benefit."

A Treasury source with knowledge of the plans argued that expanding the power grid would "unlock global investment for Britain and bring improvements for people across the country, with energy security that will keep energy costs down".

"And by speeding up the planning system – including the rollout of EV chargepoints – we will be tackling one of the most common issues raised by businesses who are keen to invest in the UK," they added.

The plan to boost the electric vehicle industry with chargepoints comes after Mr Hunt revealed he has spoken to Elon Musk about getting a Tesla factory in the UK.

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