Robert Halfon supports cap on energy bills as hundreds of Harlow households pay £300 too much for energy

News / Wed 7th Mar 2018 at 12:30pm

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Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow, supports cap on energy bills as hundreds of Harlow households pay £300 too much for energy

ON TUESDAY,, Robert Halfon spoke in the House of Commons Chamber during the Second Reading of Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill to outline his strong support for the Bill.

The Prime Minister announced her support for the Bill on 25 February, following her commitment last year to take action if the Big Six energy providers did not cut their unfair bills. The six largest energy providers focus on cheap introductory offers and leave loyal customers on Standard Variable Tariffs. 11 million households are on these poor-value tariffs, earning the ‘Big Six’ an average of £1.4 billion more than they would earn if the market was working well.

High energy costs are felt most significantly by the vulnerable and those on lower incomes. First Utility, an independent energy provider, found that those who pay the most are the ones who can least afford it – 8 out of 10 people on high cost standard tariffs earn less than £18,000 a year.

Scope, the charity for disabled people, found that households with a disabled person make up 38 percent of all fuel poor households in England. Over a quarter of households with a disabled person – that’s over 4 million households – spend more than £1,500 a year on energy bills.

Robert suggested that energy providers based on the ‘cooperative model’ would inject competition into the market and that the Government should do more to support not-for-profit providers. He also suggested the cap should be accompanied by a ‘Consumer Bill of Rights’ for energy customers, offering a standardised set of guarantees to every energy customer in the UK.

Robert Halfon said: “This is a matter of social justice. Some households are paying £300 extra for their energy, just because they don’t switch to a cheaper tariff. Energy is a public good – it is a necessity and we need to make sure that every family has access to the heating and electricity they need.

For too long the market has been dominated by the few not the many. There have been unfair competitive practices taking place and too much pressure on the lower paid, with those most in need facing real hardship. Alongside the government’s previous action on energy – introducing smart meters and capping the bills for the most vulnerable – this new bill to introduce an energy cap would make the necessary corrections.

This is not about big government or small government, it’s about good government working in the best interests of its people.”

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4 Comments for Robert Halfon supports cap on energy bills as hundreds of Harlow households pay £300 too much for energy:

2018-03-07 16:05:03

Nobody should be impressed By this. Ed Miliband suggested it in 2010!!!! The Tories agressively criticised the idea which has mean we have all been paying more than we should have for 8 years!!!! Now the tories realise that people are really suffering and so try and pass this off as a “new” idea! A disgrace and shows the complete contempt the Conservatives have for average people. But then why would they care?? They are all so rich they can live their separate lives of private schools, private health and offshore taxing. Never trust a Tory.

2018-03-08 12:00:35

More RED HERRINGS from one who is living in the past, and dreams up what ever comment that distorts modern facts. We've never been so well off. Proven by the number of immigrants that are desperate to come here no matter what. TRUST LABOUR at your PERIL.

2018-03-10 10:15:47

Wage growing at the slowest rate since the Napoleonic wars. Source Resolution Foundation Wages predicted to not increase for another 15 years. Source: IFS Largest fall in immigration in 2017 since records began. Source: Office of National Statistics. Costs of living going down? We've never had it so good?...... Help us out then Mick, what are we missing?

2018-03-10 13:00:53

Micky likes his CAPS doesn't HE. Over 200,000 deaths linked to austerity, Tories selling jets to murderous regimes bombing women and children, a government propped up by the backward DUP and we should vote Labour AT OUR PERIL?

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