This week I joined the launch of the #PrePayRipOff campaign in the House of Commons to clamp down on the cost of prepayment meters as a means of paying energy bills.
It is unacceptable that the poorest in our society are forced to pay the most for their energy bills when the cost of energy is falling but bills continue to rise. The latest research by the Citizens Advice Bureau has revealed that pre-payment meter customers on average pay £226 a year extra for the cost of their energy compared to the cheapest direct debit tariff.
In Heywood and Middleton there are 9,255 household with pre-payment meters, meaning that the total extra cost of these takes more than £2million out of our local economy.
The fact that our local economy here in Heywood and Middleton is losing such a massive amount every year to the Big 6 energy companies is nothing less than scandalous. That money should be in the pockets of local residents, and be spent in our local shops and on our local services.
In the words of my colleague Dawn Butler MP at the campaign launch: “It is about time someone stood up to the Big 6 energy companies on behalf of the most vulnerable energy consumers who are being left out of pocket. The cost of energy is at an all-time low yet prices keep going up. The Government need to take action to force energy companies to pass on these savings to consumers. If you support my campaign add your voice by signing the petition!”
I urge all Heywood and Middleton residents to sign the petition today, and together we can send a message to the Big 6 that enough is enough.