This is shocking: in the UK over 15,000 people died in 2015 because they couldn’t afford to heat their homes properly.
And now British Gas has just announced another price hike of 12.5%. This comes off the back of a 40% pay increase for British Gas bosses, to an eye-watering £4.15 million -- while millions of families in Britain live in fuel poverty.
Theresa May promised to cap energy prices -- but after pressure from party hardliners and lobbying from energy companies, she’s gone back on her word.
This is not good enough. It’s time May kept her promise and imposed a price cap.
Theresa May: stick to your manifesto pledge and put a price cap on energy giants trying to rip us off!
The UK is already among the most expensive places for household electricity in the EU. This latest increase could force even more people to go without -- leading to devastating consequences.
British Gas’ parent company, Centrica, has said the rise was a result of changes in government policy. But the government claims the policy costs "could not explain" the rise in prices.
Customers on British Gas’ standard tariff could see their prices rise by £76 per year. That may not sound like a lot to some, but to families already feeling the pinch, it could make all the difference.
Right now, it’s estimated the UK has around 4.5 million households living in fuel poverty.
But after the Tories suffered losses in June’s election, Theresa May quietly dropped her energy cap policy under pressure from the Big Six energy companies.
In a country as rich as ours, with so many struggling to make ends meet, this is a scandal.
Theresa May: you promised millions of families you’d help bring down their costs. It’s time to keep that promise and stop this outrageous price hike!
SumOfUs members have a record of holding Theresa May's government to account -- nearly 60,000 of you forced a u-turn on plans to force companies to list ‘foreign workers’. And almost 70,000 of you called on her to uncover the abuses at Yarl’s Wood.
Now let’s do it again, and demand that she keeps her promise of an energy price cap.