Labour Leader Ed Miliband joined Hornsey and Wood Green Labour candidate Catherine West today as the party campaigned across the country on the cost-of-living crisis.
The party leader said that Labour’s plans for an energy price freeze until 2017 would save families an average £120, while an average small business user would benefit by over £5,000.
And he announced that public services could save £100m on energy bills:
“If David Cameron got on and implemented our energy price freeze today the NHS would benefit to the tune of £40 million to help it deal with this winter’s A&E crisis, the equivalent of the salaries of 1,300 nurses. Our schools could save £28m, that’s the same as the salaries of over 700 teachers.
“This freeze will happen under the next Labour Government. And while prices are frozen we will reset the broken energy market. Across Britain families are struggling from the cost of living crisis and the Conservative Party just doesn’t have an answer.
“Last week in Parliament, the Conservative and Lib Dems voted against Labour’s energy price freeze on the same day it emerged that David Cameron has actually cut his own energy bill thanks to his tax-cut for millionaires. This shows how out of touch the Tories have become – they are on the side of energy companies not of families struggling with the cost of living crisis and relying on public services that are under huge financial pressure.”
Catherine West said: “I am delighted to welcome Ed Miliband to Hornsey and Wood Green, where we have an important fight to tackle the cost-of-living crisis facing so many local people.
“Prices are rising faster than wages, and David Cameron’s failure to tackle rip-off bills has meant that many people are struggling to pay their bills. Local businesses are suffering too.
“We are asking local people to join the call for the Government to take action now to help hard-pressed local people.”
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