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Campaigners have responded with anger to Scottish Power’s price hike announced today and closely following similar moves by NPower and EDF.
Emma Hughes from Switched On campaign group said
“The Big Six are announcing price hikes one after another, while ripping off households to the tune of £1.7bn a year. Tens of thousands of UK households had to make a choice between heating and eating this winter because of the Big Six’s reckless profiteering. We need genuine, democratic alternatives to these rip-off merchants. Councils can set up local public energy companies that put affordable bills before profit. Ofgem and the government must support this, as energy 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 cuts bills and polluting carbon emissions. In Scotland, social housing providers set up Our Power, a utility company meant to “work better for the residents and communities they serve”. London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Energy for Londoners programme, expected to be launched later this spring, could offer an affordable democratic utility option to households in the capital.