Barbara has expressed her anger at the announcement that British Gas are to increase their gas and electricity prices by £190 a year for the average customer.
The Energy Secretary had told Barbara at Westminster that he would ensure that the Government tackled the root causes of the problem of high energy prices. However, the British Gas announcement shows Government Ministers are not taking promised action to deal with the crisis caused by high prices for gas and electricity from the Big Six Energy companies.
In the House of Commons Barbara had challenged the Energy Secretary about the rising costs of energy. Barbara said the charity Age UK had predicted that increasing fuel prices would mean 250,000 more pensioners across the country would be living in fuel poverty, which could lead to ill health, misery and depression.
“I am very concerned about this price increase from British Gas. The Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary has claimed that the Government would take practical steps to ensure that help would be available to those who need it most. These price rises show that he is not acting to ensure fairer prices, as the Prime Minister promised.
“I am worried that this price rise will mean that older people and people with disabilities in Salford will not be able to afford to heat their homes.
“The Conservative-led Government must stand by its promise to protect the poorest and most vulnerable in society. I call on them to develop new ways to deal with the rising cost of fuel They must work with companies like British Gas to make gas and electricity cheaper and end the high prices which hit people who are frail and disabled the hardest.”