Cllr Julian Bell, Labour Leader of Ealing Council, has welcomed this week’s announcement by Ed Milliband that One Nation Labour is planning to freeze energy bills until the start of 2017.
This follows action by Ealing’s Labour council to bring down bills thorough The Big London energy Switch.
Under David Cameron gas and electricity bills have gone up £300 for the average household. That is why Ealing Labour are backing Labour’s price freeze as well as the London Big energy switch scheme. People in Ealing have been asked to register by going to www.biglondonenergyswitch.org.uk by 15th October. After that date energy companies will bid to offer switchers the best possible deal.
Cllr Bell said:
“Under David Cameron, Britain’s families are facing a cost of living crisis. Prices have risen faster than wages in 38 of the 39 months that David Cameron has been in Downing Street and energy bills have gone up by almost £300. David Cameron’s failure to tackle rip-off bills has meant that many people are struggling to pay their bills. I know how people in Ealing are struggling with the rising cost of living that is why we are backing this measure and have frozen council tax for our full term.
“When the price of energy increases energy companies pass this on but when it drops consumers don’t see their bills fall. David Cameron can’t deal with the cost of living crisis because he stands up for a privileged few, not for ordinary families. David Cameron has cut tax for people on over £150,000 a year while raising it for everyone else. Ed Miliband says Labour will freeze prices until the start of 2017 if Labour wins the next election. And he says we will break up the big energy companies so that we can all get a fair deal. This will save a typical household £120 and an average business £1,800.
“But people round here need help now. So I’m calling on David Cameron to freeze our bills now. And I’m asking local people to sign my petition today so that the voices of Ealing are heard loud and clear in Downing Street”