Barrow pensioner calls for energy to be re-nationalised
Last updated at 16:09, Tuesday, 11 February 2014
A PENSIONERS’ champion from Barrow says Britain should re-nationalise its energy to end the monopoly of the leading suppliers.
Margie Arts, 71, spoke in response to calls from Ed Davey for the energy regulator to investigate the profits made by the Big Six energy companies.
In a letter, the Energy Secretary pointed out that gas supply profit margins at some suppliers were several times higher than margins on electricity. Analysis alongside the letter suggested the former nationalised company may be benefiting from a “strong monopoly position”.
If an investigation by Ofgem found evidence of a monopoly, it could see a company being broken up.
Furness campaigner Mrs Arts has gone a step further in saying the time has come for parliament to bring energy back into public ownership.
Mrs Arts, secretary of Barrow and Furness Pensioners’ Association, said: “It’s my view if we had the utilities re-nationalised and we paid a fair price for gas, electricity, water and railway journeys, my pension would go further, there would be more people in employment and the need for giving people heating allowances would not be there.
“Confusing bills and people being scared to change their supplier would all be avoided if you had a national service. I’m sure most of my pensioners will unanimously deplore ever escalating prices for things that are staples and are not matched by an increase in our pension.”
Mrs Arts also believes fuel vouchers should replace the annual pensioner’s fuel allowance.
“Too many pensioners are not using heating allowance money for the purpose it was meant for,” she said. “My view is they should get it in the form of fuel vouchers then they could use them for gas or coal or oil.”
British Gas said it was complying with an ongoing independent market assessment being conducted by the Office of Fair Trading, Ofgem and the Competition and Markets Authority.
Ofgem said it would look at all evidence while compiling its report with the CMA and OFT. It declined to comment further.
First published at 16:00, Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Come on margie, Now that all, parties ally themselves to Thatcher's policies & the company's have had it all there own way for so long, do you really think for one moment, they are all going to stop being Greedy?
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