Labour to Freeze Energy Bills for 20 Months(September 26, 2013)
Steve Rotheram Labour MP for Liverpool Walton has welcomed today’s announcement by Ed Miliband that One Nation Labour is planning to freeze energy bills until the start of 2017.
Under David Cameron gas and electricity bills have gone up £300 for the average household.
Steve explained, “Under David Cameron, Britain’s families are facing a cost of living crisis. Prices have risen faster than wages in 38 of the 39 months that David Cameron has been in Downing Street and energy bills have gone up by almost £300. David Cameron’s failure to tackle rip-off bills has meant that many people are struggling to pay their bills.
“I know how people in Walton are struggling with the rising cost of living. Many of my constituents have written to me worried about their energy bills, and having to make a choice between heating their homes or buying food.
“When the price of energy increases energy companies pass this on but when it drops consumers don’t see their bills fall.
“According to the independent polling agent, YouGov Energy prices are seen as biggest threat to economy by UK consumers.
- 83% feel energy suppliers maximise profits at expense of customers
- 91% expect energy prices to rise over next 12 months
- 56% agree “energy companies treat people with contempt”
“David Cameron can’t deal with the cost of living crisis because he stands up for a privileged few, not for ordinary families. David Cameron has cut tax for people on over £150,000 a year while raising it for everyone else.
“Ed Miliband says Labour will freeze prices until the start of 2017 if Labour wins the next election. And he says we will break up the big energy companies so that we can all get a fair deal.
“This will save a typical household £120 and an average business £1,800.
“But people round here need help now. So I’m calling on David Cameron to freeze our bills now. And I’m asking local people to sign my petition today so that the voices of Walton are heard loud and clear in Downing Street”