Dearne households in fuel poverty as energy giants reap £3.3 billion more profit

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A complete overhaul of the energy market is needed to try and control rocketing energy prices that leave families across the Dearne in fuel poverty, says an MP.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher is urging the government to apply stricter regulations to energy companies that are pulling in £3.3 billion in profits, as households struggle to pay their bills.

Figures reveal that the average family’s energy bill has increased by more than £300 a year since the election, and over 4000 households in Barnsley East alone are in fuel poverty. But Britain’s big six energy companies have enjoyed a £3.3 billion uplift in profits.

Mr Dugher said: “People in Barnsley have been left with a £3.3 billion price tag for David Cameron’s failure to act on rip-off energy bills. While energy companies enjoy massive increases in profits, 4,048 households in Barnsley East live in fuel poverty and are struggling with soaring energy bills.

“It’s time the Government stood up to the big energy companies, stopped them ripping off thousands of families and pensioners whose living standards are already being squeezed and started implementing policies that would help hard-working people struggling to pay their bills. More needs to be done.”