The rising cost of energy, and discussion about what to do about it, have been a dominant part of the political agenda over the past few months.
Independent experts say that lack of competition in the retail energy market has resulted in overcharging and consumers paying £3.6bn more than they need. Consumers have seen their bills put up by four of the big six, but what can be done about it?
Following a visit to Hinckley Point, Caroline Flint, Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary visited Kingswood on Tuesday to ask residents for their views. Joining Jo McCarron, Labour’s newly selected Parliamentary candidate for Kingswood at Asda Longwell Green for an informal roundtable with local residents, Caroline initially met with Asda staff who told her that energy prices are a consistent issue in their Mumdex surveys as an issue for families.
Following the meeting with Kingswood residents, Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Energy Secretary said:
“The stories I’ve heard in Kingswood, of having to rebalance the household budget when the next bill lands on the doormat, are unfortunately replicated up and down the country. This Government has failed to stand up to the energy companies and it’s more obvious than ever that the energy market doesn’t work for ordinary families.
“We need a Labour government to reform the market, replace Ofgem with a new regulator with real teeth, and implement Labour’s price freeze, which would save money for 27 million households.”
Jo McCarron, Labour’s parliamentary candidate in Kingswood, added:
“Soaring energy bills are one of the main reasons people are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet – it is a constant theme on the doorsteps of Kingswood.
“Labour's price freeze would save money for over 36,000 households in Kingswood and I’m going to be working hard over the next 17 months to deliver that message. People here deserve more than the deal they are getting at the moment.”