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October 15, 2013 - Bill Esterson's Westminster Diary

Bill Esterson

One of the biggest problems families and businesses face right now, is rising energy bills. We've just seen a staggering eight per cent price rise for some hard pressed consumers, with further price rises planned in coming weeks.

But while Labour has announced plans to freeze energy bills while resetting the market, the Conservatives have had no answer to the problem of sky-high energy bill.

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. The latest price rise will add another £100 to energy bills.

Meanwhile, the Conservative Party is standing up for the energy companies while ignoring the plight of ordinary people and businesses.

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 Formby, Crosby and Maghull deserve better. They need a Government that fights for them and is on their side.

Prices have gone up faster than wages in 38 of the 39 months that David Cameron has been Prime Minister – and working people are almost £1,500 a year worse off.

I know the Conservatives think things are getting better and maybe they are for them and a few at the top.  But for most ordinary families things are incredibly tough.

David Cameron must get serious about tackling this cost of living crisis, and show that he understands the concerns of ordinary families and businesses. Labour will tackle the crisis with plans to freeze energy prices, as well as tax cuts and more help with childcare for ordinary working people.

David Cameron says he’s mended the economy, but for too many in Sefton Central, 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. He could start by freezing energy prices and making sure that the energy companies treat their customers fairly.



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