Andrew Gwynne MP is in the process of asking local people to contact him and give their views on rising energy prices. This is to start a discussion on what needs to be done to make sure energy is affordable and available for the long-term. So far 1,400 people have responded to the survey.
Ed Miliband launched Labour’s plan to reform Britain’s electricity and gas market this week and Andrew Gwynne MP is in the process of holding a local consultation to find out what local people think of Labour’s plans and what else needs to be done to reset the energy market.
Energy bills for families have risen by almost £300 since David Cameron became Prime Minister, making it hard for people to make ends meet. Ed Miliband has announced that the next Labour Government will freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017, saving a typical household £120 a year.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I know how people in Denton and Reddish are struggling with the rising cost of living. Many people I speak to are worried about their energy bills, and are having to make a choice between heating their homes or buying food.
“We need to reform the energy market so it works for everyone and that’s why I want to hear the views of local people in Denton and Reddish to see what need to be done to make sure energy is affordable.”
Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“In the past three years it has become clear to everyone but this government that the energy market is broken. Prices are rising year on year without justification. And Britain is not getting the investment in energy we need to secure supplies for the future.
“Labour is setting out our plan to make sure gas and electricity is affordable and available for this generation and generations to come.
“We will stop people being ripped off and, together, we will power Britain into the next century.”