PLAID COMMENT ON SOARING ENERGY BILLS

FEARS OVER RISE IN FUEL POVERTY

 

Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards MP has commented on the news that Scottish Power is to hike its UK gas bills by 19% and electricity bills by 10% from August 1.

Mr Edwards warned that a rise in fuel poverty would be an inevitable consequence. He added that an investigation was urgently needed to clamp down on alleged ‘cartel-like behaviour’.

Mr Edwards first highlighted the importance of tackling fuel poverty in the House of Commons in his maiden speech, and has repeated his call for the introduction of a mandatory social tariff for vulnerable customers.

Mr Edwards said:

“There can be absolutely no justification for hikes like these from greedy energy companies.

“This is a very real problem in Wales where a third of properties already live in fuel poverty according to National Energy Action Cymru – and this is on the increase.

“People are already struggling financially and this especially targets the most vulnerable people in our society. 

“How can mammoth hikes like these be slapped down by companies simultaneously seeing rising profit margins?

“The current system is seriously disadvantaging consumers especially the most vulnerable in our society. We have got to have an in-depth investigation into the cartel-like behaviour of these energy companies.

“The domestic energy market is incomplete malfunction.

“We didn’t see any price falls for customers when wholesale prices fell.

“I would like to see the introduction of a mandatory social tariff for consumers so that the fuel poor are removed from a competitive market that simply doesn’t work for them.”

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