Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Delivering an energy market people can trust

A key factor in the cost of living crisis, one of the biggest problems families and businesses face right now, is rising energy bills. This week we've seen a staggering 8 per cent price rise for some hard pressed consumers, with further price rises planned in coming weeks.

But while Ed Miliband has announced plans to freeze energy bills while resetting the market, David Cameron had no answer to the problem of sky-high bills when challenged at Prime Minister’s Questions this week.

It is clear that David Cameron can’t deal with cost of living problems like soaring energy bills because he puts a privileged few before ordinary, hard working families.

Energy bills have risen by an average £300 since David Cameron became Prime Minister, while energy companies’ profits have shot up. Businesses say that energy bills are the second biggest cost they face. When wholesale prices rise, the energy companies pass the costs on to consumers – but when they fall, bills stay high.

Ed Miliband’s energy plan will see gas and electricity bills frozen from the General Election to 2017 – enough time to reset the energy market – making sure it works for ordinary families and businesses instead of ripping them off. The plans will save a typical household £120 and the average business £1,800. You can see how much you could save by visiting www.freezethatbill.com.

This is one of a set of policies from Labour to tackle the cost of living crisis head on. I’m right behind Ed, because I think ordinary people in Haslingden and Hyndburn deserve better. They need a Government that fights for them and is on their side.

David Cameron says he’s mended the economy, but for too many in Haslingden and Hyndburn, things are getting worse. Instead of telling people things are getting better, he needs to start listening to the ordinary families and businesses who really need help.