We’re out on the doorstep campaigning in Leeds NW every week. And the message we’re getting is clear.
People round here tell us 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 North West – and across the country.
The weather has been great this summer. But as the nights draw in and winter approaches people are worried about how cold it will get and the choices they will have to make to pay their energy bills.
Frankly we 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. David Cameron has cut tax for people on over £150,000 a year while raising it for everyone else.
So Alex Sobel has welcomed Ed Miliband’s commitment to freeze prices.
‘I’m delighted that Ed Miliband told Labour Party Conference that Labour will freeze prices until the start of 2017 if Labour wins the next election. And he says we will break up the big energy companies so that we can all get a fair deal.
This will save a typical household £120 and an average business £1,800.
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 Leeds NW are heard loud and clear in Downing Street. You can sign my petition at [www.labour.org.uk/freeze-that-bill] or why not tweet a picture of your energy bill with the hashtag #freezethatbill.’