Newton Abbot MP 'disappointed' by energy price hikes
Newton Abbot MP Anne-Marie Morris has said she hopes the Government will go ‘above and beyond’ their duty to help residents facing energy price hikes.
“High energy prices are a serious issue in the South West, and I know that hard working people in Newton Abbot are facing high bills while on lower incomes,” she said.
“The recent price rises from the energy companies have been extremely disappointing. I would like to see the Government consider what more can be done above and beyond ensuring customers are on the cheapest tariff, to ensure that energy is both available and affordable for hard working families"
Energy suppliers including SSE, British Gas and the Cooperative announced price rises in the last few days.
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Teignbridge Citizen’s Advice Bureau said it’s already helped people who are struggling to pay their bills.
It’s come up with a project to help those who are finding it hard to switch tariffs and find the cheapest rates.
“We’ve employed someone on a short term contract over winter to help go through the different energy options available to them, as not everyone is computer literate to be able to get the best deals,” said Ken Pickering, manager of Teignbridge CAB.
British Gas followed suit and announced increased prices today.
In a statement the gas provider said: “We recognise that energy bills are a real worry for hard-pressed households, particularly at a time when the cost of living is rising faster than incomes. It has been a difficult decision therefore to announce an average increase of 9.2% in household energy prices – 8.4 per cent on gas and 10.4% on electricity – from 23 November 2013.