Price freeze no-go for Mayor


Mayor of London Boris Johnson was today urged to get behind a 20 month energy price freeze, saving the average London family £120. At today’s Mayor’s Question Time Labour Group London Assembly Member Environment spokesperson Murad Qureshi challenged the Mayor to support a policy that puts more back into the pockets of hard working Londoners. 

The government made a decision to cut green levies, a policy supported by the Mayor. As consequence of the changes, the government has claimed £50 would be wiped off consumer energy bills. However, given energy bills have gone up by £120 this winter, consumers will still see a £70 hike in bills. 

Labour Group London Assembly Member Environment spokesperson Murad Qureshi said:

“Londoners are facing a cost of living crisis and rising energy bills are one of the biggest domestic utility bills they receive. The Mayor and Government still don’t get it. The Mayor can claim that cutting green levies saves Londoners money but providing £1000 for home owners to insulate their properties is a long way short of the sort of targeted support required. 

“As Mayor of London Boris should be backing an energy price freeze and trying to put more money back in Londoners’ pockets. The energy companies are calling the shots, making demands and holding Londoners’ bills hostage. They said jump and Boris says how high. It is political cowardice. But it’s not too late for the Mayor to back the price freeze and show Londoners he is on their side.”


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