Dan Jarvis MP, Labour’s shadow Minister for Justice, was in Amber Valley last Tuesday, where he joined Labour’s PPC, Kevin Gilliott, to hear from local residents about their concerns over the rising cost of living, especially around energy bills.
Figures show that approx. 5,000 people in Amber Valley alone have slipped into fuel poverty, and some of the most vulnerable are pensioners who are on fixed incomes and suffer from yearly increases to their energy bills.
Speaking after the visit, Kevin Gillott, Labour’s PPCs for Amber Valley, said: “It’s clear from many conversations that I have had with local people that the energy market isn’t working for families and businesses here in Amber Valley. One of the main causes for concern seems to be around the energy companies refusal to pass on to consumers any falls in the prices of wholesale oil and gas. We have recently seen prices at the petrol pumps starting to fall and now it’s the time of the energy companies.
“That’s why I was delighted to hear that as well as pledging to freeze gas and electricity bills, Ed Miliband has also pledged to give Ofgem new powers to ensure energy companies pass on any cuts in the wholesale price of oil and gas.”
Dan Jarvis added: “The energy market isn’t working for hardworking families and businesses. Energy bills have risen by over £300 since David Cameron became Prime Minister. Britain is facing an energy crisis, with millions of people struggling to heat their homes.
“The next Labour government is committed to making big changes in our energy market: freezing energy prices until 2017 so that bills can fall but not rise, resetting the market and bringing in a tough new regulator with the power to force energy companies to cut their prices when wholesale costs fall.”