After price rises of up to 15% from the Big Six energy companies, today in Parliament I spoke up for all of my constituents who are struggling with their fuel bills.
Fuel poverty in Bristol is a third higher than the national average, with many chosing between heating or eating, fuel or food. Two-thirds of customers stick with the same supplier instead of shopping around, and are punished for their loyalty with higher bills. Figures show that consumers overpaid by a staggering £2 billion in 2015, while the profits of the Big Six increased by tenfold between 2007 and 2015. It’s clear that the market simply isn’t working.
I called on the Government to act now to end this scandal. I also spoke about Bristol Energy, which is owned by Bristol City Council, and its efforts to tackle fuel poverty in the city by trialling a new Warm Homes Plus tariff for those most in need.
Read my full speech, and the entire debate, on Hansard here.