|Freeze that Bill! Labour announce plan to freeze energy bills until 2017
l-r Cllr Clive Morgan, Ray Donnelly, Yvonne Fovargue MP, Cllr Marie Morgan, Cllr Paul Kenny and Linda Boyham.
Yvonne Fovargue MP joined Labour Councillors in Makerfield in supporting the announcement by Ed Miliband that Labour is planning to freeze energy bills until the start of 2017.
Residents in Ashton and Winstanley signed the Labour Party petition at street stalls held last weekend.
Under David Cameron gas and electricity bills have gone up £300 for the average household.
Cllr Clive Morgan, Winstanley Ward said:
“Under David Cameron, Wigan’s families are facing a cost of living crisis. Prices have risen faster than wages in 39 of the 40 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 Winstanley are struggling with the rising cost of living. Many have raised this with me and for some it is having to make a choice between heating their home or buying food.”
Yvonne Fovargue MP said:
“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.”