UKIP will be triggering our first ever House of Commons debate this week, discussing something of immediate concern to thousands of people up and down the country: energy bills and the high costs of energy.
With the colder weather, people have had to turn up the heating, and many are discovering quite how costly energy bills have become. According to consumer group Which? household energy bills rose by over half between 2003 and 2012, from £790 to £1,200 a year.
This year fuel bills will go up £89 directly from the energy and climate change policies, including subsidises for clean energy production and energy efficiency incentives. The established parties in Westminster colluded to pass these laws that are now pricing people out of being able to heat their own homes.
People like Jane Middleton of North Yorkshire, pictured, who has seen her bills increase massively due in part to renewable targets and expensive subsidies for energy efficiency incentives and clean energy production, such as the wind turbines that blight the landscape near her home.
But it’s not just households who are seeing their energy bills soar out of control, it’s also the same for small businesses who have seen their bills increase and whose bills are estimated to be 11% higher in 2014 compared to 2008. For businesses that are medium users of energy, their bills are estimated to be 28% higher.
UKIP MP Douglas Carswell said: “Crony cartel energy policies are pushing up prices and it’s people like Jane Middleton who are paying the price.
“It’s clear current policies are not fit for purpose and a new common sense approach to meeting our energy needs is required.
“Today’s debate will see UKIP challenge the cosy little consensus on energy in Westminster.”