Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, responding to the announcement that Scottish Power will increase domestic gas and electricity prices by an average of seven per cent from 3 December, said:
"Millions of families face a winter of misery after the latest round of price hikes by the energy giants.
"It’s not good enough for out of touch Ministers to tell people to shop around. We need a One Nation government to break the dominance of the energy giants, simplify tariffs and protect vulnerable customers from being ripped off.
"Labour would introduce a tough new energy regulator with the power to force energy companies to pass on savings to consumers, automatically put over-75s on the cheapest deal and simplify their tariffs. Unless Ministers get to grips with spiralling energy bills, people will rightly think that this Government is completely out of touch with families and pensioners struggling to make ends meet."<div>