7,000 Southport households in fuel poverty September 10th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Shocking figures reveal 7,000 Southport households are in fuel poverty while energy companies enjoy £3.3bn profit uplift Southport Labour have uncovered official figures that reveal 7,022 households in the Southport constituency are in fuel poverty, and thousands more are facing a cost of living crisis – at the same time as Britain’s big six energy companies have enjoyed a £3.3 billion uplift in profits since the Lib Dems and Tories formed the coalition in 2010. The average family’s energy bill has increased by more than £300 a year since the last election. Southport Labour Party spokesperson Ged Wright said: “People across Southport have been left with a massive price tag for the coalition’s failure to act on rip-off energy bills. The Lib Dems and Tories are totally out of touch with millions of people and small businesses who are struggling with soaring energy bills. Their failure to reform Britain’s broken energy market is leaving hard-pressed bill-payers in Southport massively out of pocket. The figures show that only two constituencies in the north west have been harder hit than Southport – what is our MP doing about this?” Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said: “With warnings of more price rises this winter, it’s clearer than ever that Britain needs a One Nation Labour government to break the dominance of the energy giants, protect the public from being ripped off and create a tough new energy watchdog with the power to force energy companies to pass on savings to consumers.” Related Comments comments!