Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham has spoken out in the House of Commons about high fuel prices.
During Energy and Climate Change questions on Thursday, Alex asked Ministers what recent discussions Ministers have had with energy companies about the increasing cost of energy bills.
Following his question, Alex said:
“I wanted to raise this issue with the Government as I know many households in my constituency and across the country will be worrying about their energy bills this winter.
Recent press reports have stated that energy companies are making huge profits as wholesale prices have fallen but these savings have not been passed onto consumers.
Between 1996 and 2004 the number of households in fuel poverty fell from 6.5 million to less than 2 million, but now, in the face of massive increases in energy prices, it has nearly doubled again to more than 4 million.
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pointed to Ofgem’s review of the energy market in his answer to me. Whilst I welcome this review, I think the Government should be putting pressure on energy companies to do more to tackle fuel poverty.”