3rd February 2015

SNP campaign on energy prices

Mike Weir, SNP MP for Angus

The Scottish National party has said energy companies must answer over prices following a Which? report which shows bills could have been slashed further and sooner than the recent round of cuts, costing consumers a massive £2.9 billion over the last year.

According to an EU report, the UK has seen the highest increase in domestic electricity and gas prices in the EU both excluding and including taxes, between 2011 and 2014.

Commenting, SNP energy spokesperson Mike Weir MP said:

“The analysis by Which? shows that the failure of energy prices to align with wholesale prices has cost consumers a whopping £2.9 billion over the last year. That is shocking and simply unacceptable.

“Even now when the companies are making great play of reducing gas prices many of them are not coming into effect immediately.

“Following the recent report from Ofgem showing that energy company profits per customer had risen this is yet another blow for hard pressed consumers. The companies have serious questions to answer about their pricing policies and attitude to hard pressed consumers.”