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Lib Dem leader calls for energy company action

October 7, 2011 8:06 PM
Originally published by Leeds Liberal Democrats

Leeds Lib Dem group leader Councillor Stewart Golton has called for action to be taken against energy companies to give a fairer deal to consumers

Energy secretary Chris Huhne recently announced that he was planning to force energy companies to make it easier for customers to switch supplier and to make the market more competitive.

Cllr Golton welcomed the announcement:

"My previous career was in the energy sector and I am frankly embarrassed that energy companies are having to be dragged kicking and screaming to a fairer charging system for their customers.

"I'm glad the government is taking this problem seriously. The sooner things are made fairer for consumers the better."

Councillor Penny Ewens represents Hyde Park and Woodhouse, the area in Leeds with the second highest level of households that struggle to heat their home. Cllr Ewens said:

"A household is officially in fuel poverty when it spends more than 10% of its income on heating costs. This is a problem in much of inner city Leeds but particularly so in Hyde Park and Woodhouse.

"The government promise to take action against the energy companies is certainly welcome. In the meantime there are lots of grants available to households for insulation and other ways to make heating your house cheaper. The energy saving trust is an excellent source of advice on this, I'd urge anyone who's worried about fuel poverty to give them a call on 0800 512 012."