Hundreds of residents across Kingswood have signed up to support Labour's campaign calling on David Cameron to freeze energy bills - the rising cost of energy and other essentials is a growing concern for more and more families.
Independent experts say that lack of competition in the retail energy market has resulted in overcharging and consumers paying £3.6bn more than they need. Consumers have seen their bills put up by four of the big six, but what can be done about it?
Caroline Flint, Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary, joined Jo McCarron in Kingswood on Tuesday for an informal roundtable to ask residents their views. Caroline also met with Asda staff who told her that energy prices are consistently raised in their Mumdex surveys as a concern for families.
Following the meeting with residents, Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Energy Secretary, said:
“The stories I’ve heard in Kingswood, of having to rebalance the household budget when the next bill lands on the doormat, are unfortunately replicated up and down the country. This Government has failed to stand up to the energy companies and it’s more obvious than ever that the energy market doesn’t work for ordinary families.
“We need a Labour government to reform the market, replace Ofgem with a new regulator with real teeth, and implement Labour’s price freeze, which would save money for 27 million households.”
Jo McCarron, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Kingswood, added:
“Soaring energy bills are one of the main reasons people are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet – it is a constant theme on the doorstep.
“Labour's price freeze would save money for over 36,000 households in Kingswood and I’m going to be working hard over the next 17 months to deliver that message and press the Government to act. People here deserve more than the deal they are getting at the moment.”
If you think rising energy costs are an important issue, click here to join the campaign calling on David Cameron to freeze gas and electricity prices now.