Bill Busters: cut your energy bills

bill busters

I am working with Corby Borough Council, Electric Corby and the Corby Telegraph to organise an event that will help you lower your utility bills.  We have all the main energy firms coming – including EDF, British Gas, Eon, NPower and Scottish Power, along with Anglian Water, uSwitch, Citizen’s Advice Bureau and more.

This event is free and is taking place 10 – 3pm on Friday 3 October in James Ashworth Square.

I really hope you are able to take this opportunity to come along and get practical help for lowering your bills or switching suppliers.

If you cannot make it on the day but are still interested I will be collecting the contact details of all the firms and making those available.

Finally, I would also recommend that you come along bring a copy of a recent energy bill so that you can speak to your current provider to see if they can get a better deal, and also speak to some of the other firms who will be there on the day to see what they have to say.

Please fill in this short form to let me know you’re attending.


Findings of my police and crime survey

Thank you to all those who participated recently in my policing survey. I had around 500 responses and it is really interesting and useful to hear the views of local people. The key findings are:

  • 95% of people support my campaign to retain an operational police station in Corby;
  • 94% of survey respondents feel that PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) have had a positive role in making the town safer;
  • However, 70% of respondents feel that the police presence and visibility in the town is insufficient at present. Many people commented that they thought that too many police patrols comprise officers in vehicles, rather than ‘walking the beat’;
  • 72% of people think there is a link between the quality of street lighting and levels of crime;
  • The top three areas that you wanted as priorities for the police were: crime prevention, addressing anti-social behaviour and stopping assaults and violent acts. In addition to this, many people raised concerns about traffic problems and parking issues in several areas of the constituency.

I will be sharing these findings with the police to let them know what you think. The high level of support for my campaign to retain an operational police base in Corby will really help to show the strength of feeling on this issue.  Already the campaign is having an impact. The Police Commissioner has made a public statement that there are no immediate plans to close Corby Police Station.  I am pleased to have provoked this reassurance but if you look carefully at his words it is clear where his future intentions lie:

  • Land has already been purchased at Kettering for a new police centre to serve Kettering and Corby in terms of CID and emergency response services;
  • The Commissioner is counting on savings from downgrading Corby in his financial plan;
  • Some suspects are now being transported to Northampton to be charged and held in custody.

Very senior police officers have stated clearly to me that Corby Police Station will close in the future. There is talk of a much more limited, alternative provision in the town but a ‘front desk’ is not the same as having a proper operational police station.  It is not acceptable for Corby to become the largest town in the whole country without a proper operational station. I will keep campaigning for the truth about plans for Corby Police Station and will press for the Police Commissioner to properly share his plans and consult with local people.


Local NHS Campaign survey

18 months ago accident and emergency services and in-hospital services for children at the hospital serving Corby and East Northamptonshire were under serious threat of closure. I promised to do everything I could to stop local health cuts.  That’s why I put politics aside and formed a cross party campaign with the MPs for Kettering and Wellingborough.  We have worked together to ‘Save and Improve Kettering General Hospital’ and we have put a stop to the plans to downgrade A&E, maternity and children’s services. Now we are moving onto the next stage of our campaign. The population is growing locally and some of our NHS services and buildings have seen better days.  I want our health services to be the best in the country and there is a lot of work to do.   Our cross party campaign is pressing for:

  • Extra money to help deal with the current capacity crisis in A&E
  • New Urgent Care Centres
  • Better access to GP services

To put pressure on the Government we need to show that we are backed by our constituents. I would be most grateful if you could fill in the survey below.


What you said about the campaign to freeze energy prices

Price freeze

Thank you to all those who took the time to take part in my survey about energy prices.

In total, 183 constituents filled out this survey. The key findings are:

  • 80% of respondents say they support my campaign to freeze energy prices for 20 months from May 2015
  • 85% of respondents say their energy bills have increased in the last year, with 6 in 10 people saying these increases have been over £50
  • Only 15% of people have switched their energy supplier in the last year
  • 7 in 10 people pay for their energy bills through an online account

Whilst many local people want to see energy bills frozen from May 2015, the results of this survey show me that we need action now.

This is why over the next few months I am going to work with the utility companies, price comparison sites, local charities and local authorities to organise a ‘Utility Bills Day’ here in Corby and East Northamptonshire where you will be able to receive expert advice and information on reducing your bills – either through using energy or water more efficiently, or switching your supplier.

If you think you would like to come to the Utility Bills Day please enter your details below.


Help me freeze your energy bills

I’m asking local people to sign my petition and support a freeze on gas and electricity prices.

One of my election pledges is to campaign to force energy companies to cut fuel bills.

This is why I am very supportive of Ed Miliband’s brilliant pledge to freeze energy bills until 2017 if Labour win the next election. This will save the average family in Corby and East Northamptonshire £120 a year and the average local business £1,800.

People who I meet when out and about tell me times are tough. Monthly bills are going up and people are working harder to make ends meet. That amounts to a cost of living crisis for people in Corby and East Northamptonshire – and across the country.

The weather has been great this summer. But as the nights draw in and winter approaches people have been telling me they are worried about how cold it will get and the choices they will have to make to pay their energy bills. I don’t think this is right. People shouldn’t have to make the choice between putting food on the table and turning on the heating.

But since David Cameron has been in Downing Street prices have risen faster than wages in 38 out of 39 months and energy bills have gone up by almost £300. When the price of energy increases energy companies pass this on but when it drops consumers don’t see their bills fall.

The problem is David Cameron can’t deal with the cost of living crisis because he stands up for a privileged few, not for ordinary families. David Cameron has cut tax for people on over £150,000 a year while raising it for everyone else.

So I’m delighted that Ed Miliband has said that Labour will freeze prices until the start of 2017 if Labour wins the next election. And he says we will break up the big energy companies so that we can all get a fair deal.

But people round here need help now. So I’m calling on David Cameron to freeze our bills now.

Sign my energy bill freeze petition

And I’m asking local people to sign my petition today so that the voices of Corby and East Northamptonshire are heard loud and clear in Downing Street. 


Spending the day in Oundle

Andy in Oundle 5On Friday, 22nd March, I spent most of the day in Oundle, listening to the local issues that people wanted to raise with me and visiting a range of organisations and businesses. Read the rest of this entry »


Corby and East Northamptonshire needs more investment in infrastructure

Andy speaking in Parliament debate on infrastructure

Andy speaking in a Parliament debate on infrastructure

Yesterday I spoke during a House of Commons debate on infrastructure. I argued:

– for more investment in the train services in Corby and East Northamptonshire

– that the new schools built by the last Labour government, like Tresham Collegen and Kingswood School, are improving the quality of education for thousands of children in Corby and East Northamptonshire

– that we have excellent local business, like Tata Steel, AGI Amaray and KwikScreen who are selling their products both nationally and around the world

– and that the new swimming pool is helping improve the variety of health and cultural activities in Corby and East Northamptonshire

I mentioned my 6 election pledges, one of which is to support a tax on bankers bonuses to pay for a Jobs Guarantee for young people and a one-year national insurance tax break for small firms taking on extra workers.

I also pushed Government ministers to fund vital improvements in infrastructure in Corby and East Northamptonshire. This includes the Chowns Mill roundabout, adding new lanes to the A45, the Rockingham Northern Orbital Route and re-opening the Geddington Road. I also argued that we must ensure Corby and East Northamptonshire has the best possible access to broadband and mobile internet services.

The full text from my speech can be found below. I am interested to know what local infrastructure you think we should be investing in – please leave your comments below or email me at andy.sawford.mp@parliament.uk. Read the rest of this entry »