The Scottish Power announcement of a 19% rise in gas and a 10% rise in electricity must have stunned householders across the country yesterday. It did me because I know my own supplier will follow suit. The knock-on effect of this rise will be felt by most of the population and we're told there are more rises to follow.
The video shows an interesting graph. The utility companies blame rises in wholesale prices for the steep increases yet, if you observe the blue line, you will note that it's only very recently wholesale prices have risen.
Will the Westminster government take action against such a drastic increase in the cost of living? Edward sent me a copy of a letter, published yesterday in his local paper, because he "thought others might appreciate the vision of our elected representatives. There seems to be no trace of irony in it."
The article is reproduced accurately. It's timing is impeccable at least. The photograph is my idea. Apologies but I couldn't find one of Ms Latham in Cloud Cuckoo Land so the rolling hills of Derbyshire will have to suffice.
Derby Telegraph 6 June 2011
MP LATHAM PREDICTS LOWER BILLS AFTER A “DRAMATIC CHANGE” IN ENERGY POLICY
A DERBYSHIRE MP has praised campaigners for continuing to draw attantion to climate change issues.
Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham spoke at a rally organised by the Derby Climate Change Coalition.
It focused on a new bill going through Parliament designed to improve the supply of energy efficiency measures to homes and businesses and reduce carbon emissions across the county.
Conservative MP Mrs Latham said:”I am pleased I had the opportunity to talk about climate change and the positive steps the Energy Bill proposes.
“Having championed green issues as the Mayor of Derby, I am glad the Climate Change Coalition continues to draw attention to this important issue.
“Following the speeches and lively question and answer sessions at the rally I hope those who attended were reassured that the Energy Bill will kick start a dramatic change in Britain's energy policy by cutting carbon emissions and helping to lower household energy bills.”
Labour MP Chris Williamson, who represents Derby North, also spoke at the event, held at the Joseph Wright Centre in Derby.
He said that city firms could benefit from the bill and cited innovative work being carried out by Rolls Royce in civil nuclear fields.
Dozens of people attended the meetin and also listened to speeches by Paddy Tipping, the former MP for Sherwood and national vice president of the Ramblers' Association.
He wants to see a billion hectares of woodland planted in the UK over then next ten years.