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Star date: 8th July 2011

UNISON SLAMS HUGE FUEL PRICE HIKES

The British Gas announcement today that the price of gas will rise by 18% and electricity by 16% has been slammed by public sector trade union UNISON which represents many of Salford's lower paid workers.

UNISON is calling for an "urgent review" of the energy market and for investment in renewable energy.

Full story here…


More gas and electricity price rises announced today by British Gas will make the cost of living an even harder struggle than it already is.

With child poverty running at 60% (see here) and a whole basket of indicators – from `Over 65s Not In Good Health' to pure `Deprivation' - showing Salford `significantly worse' than the rest of the country (see here), fuel price rises are  going to increase hardship in the city even more, with all the fall-out that  brings.

Now public sector trade union, UNISON, which represents many low paid workers in the city, is calling for an urgent review and more investment into alternative energy sources…

"Public service workers are in the middle of a pay freeze and the news that energy prices are soaring is another bitter blow" says Mike Jeram, UNISON's Head of Business and Environment "Low paid workers across the country are already struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads with rising inflation adding to household bills."

With British Gas increasing gas prices by 18% and electricity by 16%, on top of price rises by Scottish and Southern, next winter is going to be one of the harshest ever with a massive increase in fuel poverty.

"The British energy market needs an urgent review and overhaul to ensure that it starts acting in the interest of consumers" Mike Jeram says "The Government needs to get a grip and make sure the country invests urgently in renewable energy to become more self-sufficient."

Meanwhile, as the wealth gap widens, fat cats all over the UK seem to have money to burn…

* Main image is an original graphic from seminal 70s community magazine, Suburban Press, by artist Jamie Reid.


 

Val Broadbent wrote
at 08:34:04 on 10 July 2011
Yet another reason why they should'nt have demolished the Eco Homes in Lr. Broughton.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 19:54:23 on 08 July 2011
Yet another exapmle of the fiasco that was privatisation. The only soultion is to renationalise all public utilities. Only then can we control the outright profiteering taking place. I know Hilda's eldest will now have something wise to say, but history is proving what a catastrophe for ordinary people in this country TBW was.
 
james wrote
at 17:53:52 on 08 July 2011
My energy bills are huge and probably double what they were previously. However British Gas lose money on household energy and so when the wholesale price rises they pass it on. It's awful but Gas and electricity are a global commodity and we cannot control the pricing. This will only get worse as more nations develop and compete for limited resources.
 
Ed Foye wrote
at 17:48:10 on 08 July 2011
Great idea .Shall we all sign up with PEEL HOLDINGS GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY ? THE COUNCIL ALREADY HAVE . They will bung them another 15 million to make it viable .
 
What a fuel wrote
at 13:48:30 on 08 July 2011
Maybe the energy market should be run by a trustworthy organisation Peel holdings anyone?
 
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