ON Saturday, Suzy Stride Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, joined energy campaigners and labour party activists on a day of action to tackle the cost of living with events taking place up and down the country. So far over 500 residents in Harlow have signed Suzy’s petition calling on the Prime Minister to freeze energy prices.
In Harlow, average gas and electricity bills have gone up by £300 a year since the election. At the end of September, Ed Miliband announced Labour would freeze energy bills until the start of 2017 in a bid to help hundreds of thousands of families now struggling to cope with the rising cost of living.
This pledge would save the typical household in Harlow £120 and an average business £1,800.
On November 6, Conservative and Liberal Democrats MPs, including Harlow MP Robert Halfon, voted against a motion that called on the Government to freeze electricity and gas prices for 20 months whilst legislation is introduced to reform the market.
The motion also called for the establishment of a tough new regulator with the power to force energy suppliers to pass on price cuts when wholesale costs fall, as well as putting all those aged 75 or over on the cheapest tariff.
Stride said, “Many people in Harlow are struggling with the rising cost of living. Energy bills have gone up by £300 a year since the election and in the same period prices have risen faster than wages in 39 out 40 months.
“People in Harlow want to see action. When the price of energy increases energy companies pass this on but when it drops they don’t see their bills fall. That is why we held the day of action last weekend. Our petition is calling on David Cameron to stand up to the big energy companies before the winter really begins to bite for the people of Harlow.”
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