Call for action on energy market

LOCAL MP ​Mike Weir has lambasted the “lack of understanding” of the energy market from the London parties.

Speaking in a debate on energy market reform Mr Weir, the SNP’s Westminster energy spokesman, said that both the Secretary of State and his Labour opponent assumed that the energy market was only those served by the big six energy companies, and had nothing to say to those who were off mains gas.

He said: “This part of the market is always forgotten, pushed aside and labelled as too difficult by successive governments, yet they have suffered price rise far outstripping even those faced by customers of the big six.”

Mr Weir added that even those who have mains access are being let down by lack of action by successive governments.

He said: “Both Labour and Tory concentrated on ‘switching’ and competition as the way to tackle rising energy costs, yet there is no evidence that either has had any impact on the energy market. Only those who are on an expensive tariff or prepayment meter are likely to significantly benefit from switching, and they are often the people least likely to do so for a combination of factors.

“The idea of greater competition is equally misleading. According to the Office of Fair Trading there is plenty of competition in the LPG and home fuel oil market, yet there prices are rising even faster.”

Mr Weir called for immediate action rather than “grand plans that would take years to materialise”.