Energy Price Hikes

You may have seen me recently in the national or local papers and on the TV regarding the rising price of energy bills. I am a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, and I have called for a Select Committee investigation into continually rising energy prices. I believe that these price hikes are wrong and reckless.

The number of Scottish households in “extreme fuel poverty”, those who spend over 10% of their income to heat their home, has risen from 3% in 2002 to 10% in 2009. Yet, only last year, the biggest energy suppliers in the UK, announced more price rises again, despite only previously cutting prices by less than 10% when wholesale energy prices had been lower and when other European countries saw their energy prices rising substantially less than in the UK.

This month they are at it again with Scottish Power announcing price hikes of almost 20%. Its disgraceful when we remember that according to the government, for every 1% increase in energy bills that means that 40,000 more households enter into fuel poverty.

People in Glasgow and the rest of Scotland were struggling to keep warm last winter, and the big energy companies are not being responsible and definitely not helpful to hard working families.

George Osborne the Chancellor cut Winter Fuel Allowance by £100 for the poorest pensioners in the UK and I feel this has encouraged these recent price rises so I am organizing a petition to show this Tory-led Government and these energy companies that we will not stand for it!

You may have seen me recently in the papers andon the TV regarding the rising price of energybills. I am a member of the Energy and ClimateChange Select Committee, and I have called for aa Select Committee investigation into continuallyrising energy prices. I believe that these pricehikes are wrong and reckless.

The number of Scottish households in “extreme fuel poverty”,those who spend over 10% of their income to heat their home, has risen from3% in 2002 to 10% in 2009. Yet, only last year, the biggest energy suppliersin the UK, announced more price rises again, despite only previously cuttingprices by less than 10% when wholesale energy prices had been lower andwhen other European countries saw their energy prices rising substantially less than in the UK.This month they are at it again with Scottish Power announcing price hikes of almost 20%.

Its disgraceful when we remember that according to the government,for every 1% increase in energy bills that means that 40,000 morehouseholds enter into fuel poverty. People in Glasgow and the rest of Scotland were struggling to keep warm lastwinter, and the big energy companies are not being responsible and definitely not helpful to hard working families.

George Osborne the Chancellor cut Winter Fuel Allowance by £100 for the poorest pensioners in the UK and I feel this has encouraged these recentprice rises so I am organizing a petition to show this Tory-led Government andthese energy companies that we will not stand for it!