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The MP for Bristol East, Kerry McCarthy, has given her backing to the Big Switch campaign and has called upon the Government to help ordinary people with their soaring energy bills. Meeting with the Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Caroline Flint, Kerry described the cost of energy bills as ‘extortionate’ and has backed plans to give people more power to negotiate cheaper energy bills with the big energy companies.
The Big Switch campaign is encouraging people to sign up by 31 March and become part of a collective bargaining group that will be able to negotiate big savings from the UK's major energy firms. Labour is backing the campaign and is developing plans that would break the dominance of the Big Six energy companies, requiring them to sell power into a pool, allowing new businesses to enter the market, increasing competition and driving down energy bills for families and businesses.
Backing the Big Switch Campaign, Kerry said: “I am backing the big switch campaign as action is desperately to needed to help ordinary people who are struggling to pay their extortionate energy bills. At time when energy companies are enjoying huge profits the Government has not done enough encourage energy companies to bring their prices down and it has stood by as more people fall into fuel poverty.
“This can’t be allowed to continue. Our energy market desperately needs reforming. Community action, including collective purchasing is needed, giving people more power to negotiate cheaper energy bills with the big energy companies. I am delighted that Labour is leading the way on this issue and I hope the Government will join us by backing this important campaign.”