Families in Worsley and Eccles South will save up to £178 per year through a freeze on gas and electricity prices if Labour wins the next General Election, Barbara has said. Savings would range from £61 for a home with one or two people, £112 for a family of three or four up to £178 per year for larger families.
The plan to curb increasing energy costs from 2015 until the start of 2017 was announced by the Labour leader Ed Miliband at the party’s annual conference in Brighton. Other policies announced were plans to increase the amount of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds with working parents from 15 to 25 hours per week and a plan to axe the unpopular Bedroom Tax.
“I know that many people in Salford are really struggling with the cost of living. Costs have risen faster than wages for 38 out of 39 months since the Conservative-led Government came to power. I really welcome the news that a Labour Government will put the brakes on these increasing costs and that we will reform the energy market.
“There have been predictable howls of protest from the Big Six energy companies but it really is time they looked again at their spiralling profits and created a fairer deal for families and businesses struggling to pay their bills.”
“I also welcome Labour announcing policies to strengthen the minimum wage and to end the abuse of zero hours contracts. All these measures will really help those people in Salford struggling with the cost of living crisis under the Coalition Government.”