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A petition calling on the government to freeze energy prices received a warm reception in Chesterfield town centre. 400 people added their names to Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins’ petition, bringing the total number of signatories to over 4,000 in just three weeks.

Toby Perkins is calling for a fairer deal for consumers on energy bills

Toby Perkins is calling for a fairer deal for consumers on energy bills

With energy costs rising faster than wages, 3.5 million UK households are deemed to be living in fuel poverty according to figures from Action on Fuel Poverty. The government defines fuel poverty as spending more than 10% of income on energy bills, a label which applies to 5,473 properties or 13% of households in Chesterfield, according to the latest figures.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has committed a future Labour government to freezing the cost of energy bills until 2017, but Toby Perkins says David Cameron should take decisive action now. He said: “Hard-pressed people across Britain are struggling to meet the cost of their sky-rocketing energy bills as the ‘Big 6’ suppliers make astronomical profits. Gas supplier SSE, for example, made a group pre-tax profit of £336.4m in the six months to 30th September and has just announced a price hike of 8.2%, hitting consumers in the pocket.”

Mr Perkins added: “Our energy market is broken. Falls in wholesale fuel prices aren’t being passed on to consumers as the energy bosses rake in increasing profits. Send an email to or write to me at 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF to add your name to my petition.”

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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Post: 113 Saltergate, Chesterfield, S40 1NF


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