Energy giants face tougher windfall tax as bosses summoned for crisis talks


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Households need at least an extra £500 to survive soaring energy bills this winter as predictions for the price cap just keep going up.

That’s according to Octopus Energy boss Greg Jackson, who said current plans for £400 help “clearly isn’t sufficient” and urged the Government to go further.

He said direct help on energy bills would not only help families survive the winter, but also help to tackle inflation.

It comes after the latest predictions from Cornwall Insight found bills are set to top £4,200 a year by January.

Meanwhile, The Sun reports that energy bosses will meet ministers tomorrow amid plans to ramp up an existing 25pc windfall tax on the profits of major producers.

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What happened overnight 

Asian shares fell and the dollar steadied on Wednesday as investors waited for a key US report on inflation to provide hints to the Federal Reserve’s plans for future monetary tightening.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) report will be released later today, with markets watching for signs that inflation eased in July despite last week’s unexpectedly strong US jobs numbers.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.51pc, while Japan’s Nikkei extended losses from the previous day and was down 0.65pc.

South Korea’s KOSPI lost 0.64pc, Australia’s AXJO dropped 0.12pc, and Taiwan’s TAIEX fell 0.7pc.

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