We all know that 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 Aberdeen South – and across the country.
The weather has been great this summer. But as the nights draw in and winter approaches I know people will be getting worried about how cold it will be and the choices they will have to make to pay their energy bills. Frankly I don’t think that 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 told Labour Party Conference 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.
This will save a typical household £120 and an average business £1,800.
But people round here need help now. So I’m calling on David Cameron to freeze our bills now. And I’m asking local people to sign a petition today so that the voices of Aberdeen South are heard loud and clear in Downing Street. You can sign the petition at http://action.labour.org.uk/page/s/david-cameron-freezethatbill or tweet a picture of your bill with the hashtag #freezethatbill.
If you live in Aberdeen South and you would like to discuss your concerns about the rising cost of living with me, please do not hesitate to contact my office on (01224) 252704.