Press release: Protestors scale CMA over whitewashed Energy Report

Protestors from Switched on London have climbed onto the Competition and Markets Authority offices and unfurled a giant banner reading CMA <3 Big 6. Public Energy Now. Read more here.

For Immediate Release

Protestors scale CMA over whitewashed Energy Report

Contact: Emma Hughes 07801140192, info@switchedonlondon.org.uk

Photos available from 9am: https://www.flickr.com/photos/144478539@N08

Protestors from Switched on London have climbed onto the Competition and Markets Authority offices and unfurled a giant banner reading CMA <3 Big 6. Public Energy Now. The action comes as the CMA launch the government report into the energy sector. The report initially accused the Big 6 energy companies of overcharging customers by £1.7 billion per year and recommended universal price controls. Yet the final report[1] dropped the overcharging finding and the recommendations, after intense lobbying from the Big 6 energy firms.

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At the CMA offices, Emma Hughes (Switched On campaigner), said

“This so called investigation into the energy industry is a farce. The Big 6 are ripping off customers by £1.7 billion a year and the CMA are colluding with them to keep it secret. People need a genuine alternative to these rip-off merchants. By setting up local public energy companies that put affordable bills before profit, the government can ensure people are able to heat their homes. This is a basic need, not a luxury.”

Switched On (http://switchedonlondon.org.uk/) is a movement for publicly controlled energy that is affordable, green and democratic. From Nottingham to Bristol, cities across Britain are leaving the Big Six behind by setting up their own, non-profit energy companies that cut bills and polluting carbon emissions. Switched On calls for publicly controlled utilities with social justice, clean energy and democracy at the core.

[1] CMA final report available here https://www.gov.uk/cma-cases/energy-market-investigation

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