MP urges consumers to switch

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

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HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright is backing a campaign to deliver cheaper energy prices to struggling families.

Mr Wright is supporting the national Big Switch Campaign which aims to help thousands of people get a better deal amid rising energy costs.

It is being led by the consumer group Which and 38 Degrees internet campaign group.

People who sign up by the end of the month will be found the best possible deal and Which will handle switching accounts.

Mr Wright, who previously told the Mail he feared people could died due the high cost of paying to heat their homes, said: “I have had a lot of emails from constituents about this issue. I fully support The Big Switch campaign. 

“The six largest energy companies have seen their own profits soar at a time when hard-pressed families across Hartlepool are facing record high bills.

“In the longer term we need major reform of the energy market to break the iron grip of the six biggest energy companies.

“Community action, including collective purchasing, could be an important part of this.

“When people come together, they will have more power to negotiate for cheaper bills.”

Mr Wright accused the Government of making things worse for energy customers by cutting winter fuel payments for pensioners and grants to help people insulate their homes.

Which says it is in response to customers who find all the different and tariffs offered by the big energy companies are confusing.