Announcement of plans for a cap on energy bills

Citizens Advice Stockport responds to Prime Minister’s announcement of plans for a cap on energy bills.

Citizens Advice Stockport welcomes the Prime Minister’s planned to implement legislation to tackle high energy bills saying it would help ensure people’s energy bills don’t become unaffordable and turn into debts in the future.

Steve Hughes, operations manager at Citizens Advice Stockport said:

“We have a ridiculous system in this country where local customers find themselves on sky-high standard tariffs resulting in them paying over the odds for their gas and electricity – including many of our most vulnerable people and low-income families.

“In the last year energy prices have gone up more than three times the rate of inflation for customers of the largest firms – and it is much more difficult for those with the lowest incomes to pay the average extra £89 on their bills.

“The Prime Minister’s announcement could really help ensure people’s energy bills don’t become unaffordable and turn into debts in the future.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Citizens Advice service comprises a network of local Citizens Advice, all of which are independent charities, the Citizens Advice consumer service and national charity Citizens Advice. Together we help people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and advice and by influencing policymakers. For more see the Citizens Advice website.
  2. The advice provided by the Citizens Advice service is free, independent, confidential and impartial, and available to everyone regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age or nationality.
  3. To get advice online or find your local Citizens Advice in England and Wales, visit citizensadvice.org.uk
  4. You can get consumer advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or 03454 04 05 05 for Welsh language speakers.
  5. Local Citizens Advice in England and Wales advised 2.5 million clients on 6.2 million problems in 2014/15. For full service statistics see our publication Advice trends.
  6. Citizens Advice service staff are supported by more than 21,000 trained volunteers, working at over 2,500 service outlets across England and Wales.
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