Lucy has called on the Government to freeze energy bills, after new figures revealed that the average electricity bill in Greater Manchester has risen by 20% since 2010.
The figures, obtained by Lucy using parliamentary questions, also show that households in Manchester now pay more for their electricity than affluent areas like Oxfordshire and Surrey. The news is a further blow to consumers after NPower, British Gas and SEE all announced they would be putting up their prices this winter, some by as much as 11%.
At this year’s Labour party conference Ed Miliband pledged that, if elected in 2015, a Labour Government would freeze energy bills for two years and introduce a new energy regulator to prevent companies from profiteering. But with the average duel fuel bill now topping £1,400, Lucy believes the Government should back Labour’s policy and act now.
“Coming after news of yet more price rises by the big energy companies, these figures further highlight the huge increase in bills which people across Manchester have to bear. Instead of taking on the energy companies, for the past three years David Cameron has stood by, while prices have shot up and household budgets have been stretched to the limit.
“Labour would do things differently and if we win the next election we will freeze energy prices until the start of 2017, saving the typical household £120. I'm calling on David Cameron to follow our lead and freeze energy bills now, before these further increases hit. I hope that he listens”