Bill Busters: cut your energy bills

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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.

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What you said about the campaign to freeze energy prices

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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.


Do you back an energy price freeze?

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Families across Corby and East Northamptonshire are struggling as they face the largest cost of living crisis in a generation.

Wages have gone up slower than prices for the last three years. Many people are struggling to make ends meet. The biggest complaint I hear is about the increasing cost of gas and electricity bills.

Recent figures show that since 2011, the wholesale cost of energy has risen at an average rate of 1.6 per cent a year but the Big 6 have increased prices by an average of 10.4 per cent a year.

And it is not just residents who are struggling with the rising costs of energy. Our local business and local council services suffer too. Small and medium businesses list energy prices as one of their biggest financial strains; and when the council heats Corby International Pool or turns on the lights at the heritage centre, energy companies profit and tax payers pay again.

This cannot be right. So for the sake of local services, businesses and local people I am backing a 20 month freeze to energy prices and will be urging the Government to do the same.

Do you support my campaign to freeze gas and electricity prices for 20 months? Please let me know if you back my campaign by clicking here and completing a short survey to tell me more about what you think.


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.