Call for price cap on en­ergy prices

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A cross-party letter is urg­ing the UK gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce a price cap on en­ergy prices say­ing that users, in­clud­ing 1,246 on Ar­ran, are be­ing over­charged,

A to­tal of 193 MPs, in­clud­ing North Ayr­shire and Ar­ran MP Pa­tri­cia Gib­son, have joined forces in urg­ing the Of­fice of Gas and Elec­tric­ity Mar­kets, (Ofgem) to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of con­sumers who are be­ing ‘ripped off’ to the tune of £1,400 mil­lion a year.

Mrs Gib­son said: ‘It is a dis­grace that on Ar­ran 1,246 house­holds are over­pay­ing for en­ergy by £291,500 per year.

Ripped off

‘A to­tal of 17 mil­lion con­sumers – two thirds of all UK cus­tomers – have been ripped off by the big six for decades. And Ofgem has cho­sen to stand idly by, leav­ing 15 mil­lion cus­tomers on stan­dard vari­able tar­iffs.

‘If Ofgem doesn’t go into bat­tle with the big six en­ergy com­pa­nies on be­half of con­sumers, it must be re­placed and the UK gov­ern­ment should im­ple­ment the en­ergy price cap in­stead.

‘This was a man­i­festo pledge by all the ma­jor par­ties in June’s general elec­tion and the breadth and depth of cross-party sig­na­tures on this letter shows huge sup­port for the gov­ern­ment to get this through par­lia­ment. It is time for the gov­ern­ment to act.’

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