Cameron dismisses Miliband energy bills freeze plan
Energy prices need to remain low “not for 20 months, but for 20 years”, David Cameron has said as he dismissed Ed Miliband’s plan to freeze gas and electricity bills.
The Labour leader took the political initiative this week by promising to cap bills for 20 months after the 2015 general election if his party wins power, saving the typical household £120 and an average business £1,800.
Mr Miliband argued it would allow a Labour government time to reform the energy sector to prevent firms over-charging customers.
But in his first public comment on the proposal, the Prime Minister suggested the freeze was unworkable and pointed to the prospects offered by controversial gas “fracking” to bring down bills in the long-term.
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Mr Cameron told regional newspaper journalists: “I think (the proposal) is unravelling. You don’t have to take that from me - it seems to me that just a few hours after making the announcement, he had to admit on the morning interviews that there were some circumstances in which it might not happen.
“What we need in our country is low and competitive energy prices – not for 20 months, but for 20 years. We need to do the things that create a competitive energy market.
“We need to access the new technologies like unconventional gas that will help keep prices down, rather than policies thought up that then so swiftly unravel.”
Asked whether energy companies are overcharging, he said: “I think we need a competitive market, we need a tough regulator, we need to make sure they are permanently under the spotlight.
“We need to do things like I've done, and say let’s automatically put people on the lowest tariff. So this Government is very tough on those things.
“We’ve scrapped some crazy policies we’ve inherited. Ed Miliband when he was Energy Secretary had a proposal that would have put £179 on everybody’s bill in order to pay for his renewable heat initiative. We got rid of that.
“There’s always more to do. But the proposal he came up with I think is unravelling, and it wasn’t thought through.”