Reports that energy bills could rise by up to a third will send shivers down the spines of residents in Tower Hamlets.
Last year increases in gas and energy prices pushed an additional 400,000 people into fuel poverty.
We have an estaimated 46,000 families living in poverty in our borough. With unemployment rising, and welfare benefit cuts starting to bite, an increase in heating and electricity bills is the last thing our residents need.
According to the Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey, there is not much we can do to ‘turn back the tide’ of rising energy bills.
I don’t accept this argument.
Politicians can act, and should be acting, to protect people from the impact of recession.
That’s why I am setting up a new energy co-operative; T. H. E. Community Power. When over 5,000 households have signed up, the Council will negotiate with energy providers for a reduced tariff.
In addition to cutting bills the co-op will provide additional benefits to members, including access to energy efficiency advice, resources and household renovation schemes.
On 6th of June I will be launching his campaign to get residents to sign up to T.H.E Community Power. Stay turned for more details….