Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Marie Morgan says, "Freeze that Bill"

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 Winstanley – and across the country.

As the nights draw in and winter approaches people have been telling me they are worried about how cold it will get 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 and people working hard to make ends meet. David Cameron has cut tax for people on over £150,000 a year while raising it for everyone else. We can only tackle the cost of living crisis by building an economy that works for working people.

So I’m delighted that Ed Miliband has announced that Labour will freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017 if Labour wins the next election. This will save a typical household £120 a year – helping hardworking families who are facing a cost of living crisis.

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 my petition today so that the voices of Winstanley are heard loud and clear in Downing Street. You can sign my petition here.   


  1. what happens in 2017? whats to stop the energy companies doubling the prices a year later

  2. A good point which is why Ed Miliband is right to insist on a new powerful regulator that is able to oversee charging structures and act in the interests of consumers.