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Dugher Calls To Tackle High Energy Prices

Monday June 10 2013

Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher MP

BARNSLEY East MP Michael Dugher is calling for measures to tackle high price energy bills, such as forcing power companies to put people over 75 on the cheapest tariffs.

Mr Dugher also wants to scrap Ofgem and replace it with a tough new energy watchdog.

It would have the power to force suppliers to pass on price cuts when the cost of wholesale energy falls.

The MP says energy companies should be required to pool the power they generate and make it available to any retailer, putting downward pressure on prices.

Mr Dugher says Barnsley families are facing record fuel bills while energy companies are enjoying huge profits.

If people over 75 were put on the cheapest energy tariff, he says, they could save up to £200 a year.

"The economy has flatlined for two and a half years. On average real wages are down £1,700 since 2010 and energy bills have risen by over £300.

"This has been one of the coldest springs on record and rising energy bills are putting real pressure on the budgets of many in Barnsley."

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Reply Posted by guesty mcguest on Monday June 10 2013 at 23:24
Another week, Another sound byte, not fooling anyone dugher

Reply Posted by rainbow on Tuesday June 11 2013 at 08:52
It's wonderful how all these politicians have such great ideas when their in opposition. Never occurrs to em when their in power and could do something about it.????

Reply Posted by les on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 13:14
Electricity and gas prices and the price of petrol are not much different than they were circa 1990.
All 3 products go up and down like a yo yo.
In 1990 the average unit of electricity was 7p minimum wage was around £3 per hour.
Today it is around 14p per unit and minimum wage is £6+ per hour both have doubled.
Petrol in the 1970s when garages were closing down all over the country was £1 per gallon there was no minimum wage.
But bottom end jobs were around 35/ 40 £. Per week. thats 40 gallon per week.
Minimum wage is now £6 + gallon of petrol £6+ 40 gallons per week.....
Water on the other hand is a strange phenomena. people moan about the cost of there water bill. but will go to the shop and buy a litre of water for £1.50 every day.total cost per year around 375. taking off weekends and work holidays for 1 person.