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The Fed is urging members to sign a parliamentary petition which calls for energy price increases for small businesses to be capped.

This latest move comes just one week after the Fed wrote to the government appealing for help with rocketing energy bills.

In this letter, National President Jason Birks warned: “With the cost-of-living crisis and sky-high energy bills, our livelihoods and the future of the independent convenience retail sector is in doubt.”

And he added: “To survive this crisis, we need more financial support from the government and for the energy price cap to be applied to businesses too, even though this may be too little, too late.”

Now Mr Birks is asking all Fed members to sign the petition that asks the government to act.

The petition, which currently has 6,000 signatures, reads: “Help small businesses in the current climate. My electricity bill alone has doubled in the last two years and is set to increase further. Similar small businesses are experiencing similar issues and will go under if there aren’t any supporting provisions laid out.”

It continues: “Businesses have no power over VAT or energy prices etc. This needs to be government led or else thousands of businesses will fail, this will create mass unemployment, an increase on the reliance of state benefits, an increase in the need for mental health services and an uptake in NHS usage. This issue is multi-faceted and if small businesses are not supported then the implications of their closures will be drastic and on a grand scale.”

To sign the petition, visit

If the petition gets 10,000 signatures, the government will respond to it. At 100,000 signatures, the petition will be considered for debate in parliament.


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