Friday, 21 February 2014

Clark demands action on energy bills

Local MP Katy Clark has questioned the Lib Dem Secretary of State for Scotland on the cost of household energy bills.

During Scottish Questions in the House of Commons, Ms Clark highlighted the increase in prices since May 2010 and the impact on rural and island communities. A long-standing campaigner against price hikes imposed by the ‘big six’ energy companies, Ms Clark called for a radical reform of the sector and a freeze in prices.

Speaking later, the MP for North Ayrshire & Arran said, “Energy prices have risen dramatically since the coalition came to power, with rural and island communities paying an even-greater proportion of their income on fuel.

“Unfortunately, since taking office the coalition has failed to stand up to the interests of energy companies, no matter how they have acted. As prices have increased, so have profit margins. Citizens Advice Scotland says there was a seven-fold increase last year in people approaching it for advice on mis-selling in the energy sector.”

The Labour MP believes radical reform of the energy sector and a price freeze are needed, adding that the Tory-Lib Dem UK Government is “unwilling to take the action necessary to keep household bills stable and affordable”.

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