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Newham MPs urge PM to freeze energy bills now

PUBLISHED: 16:31 21 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:31 21 November 2013

Lyn Brown and Stephen Timms in support of freezing energy bills

Lyn Brown and Stephen Timms in support of freezing energy bills

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Newham MPs Lyn Brown and Stephen Timms are calling on the government to freeze energy bills before winter really kicks in. Under David Cameron the cost of gas and electricity has increased £300 for the average household, while prices have risen faster than wages for 38 months of the Tory-led Coalition.

Ed Miliband’s promise to freeze energy prices, should he win the election, has been met with support.

The freeze, to last until the beginning of 2017, would save a typical household an estimated £120.

The MPs however say that there is no time to lose.

Cllr Brown said, “Constituents tell me they are worried about their energy bills. They do not know how they will be able to heat their homes this winter. People should not have to choose between heating or eating yet this is a worrying reality for a growing number of people in Newham.”

Cllr Timms added, “David Cameron’s failure to tackle the so-called “Big Six” has meant that many people are now struggling to pay their bills.

“Ed Miliband says Labour will freeze prices until the start of 2017 if Labour wins the next election. But residents of Newham need help now. So I’m calling on David Cameron to freeze our bills today.”


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