Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley has been grilled by residents over hikes in energy bills which are ‘crushing’ household budgets.
During a meeting at the town’s Asda supermarket this afternoon, Mr Ruffley was told how one resident’s relative was being charged £98 a month for electricity while another resident put boiled water in a flask to avoid using their kettle again and save on the bills.
The listening group event was organised by the superstore to allow 10 residents to speak to the MP over the increasing cost of living.
Mr Ruffley said the energy prices were ‘crushing’ households and estimated that the average bill in East Anglia stood at £1,267.
Diane Howe, of Whepstead, said her sister-in-law was being charged £98 a month for electricty.
Meanwhile, Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants, told the meeting about a woman who put boiled water from a kettle into a flask to use later and keep costs down.
Mr Ruffley said the Government may reduce green energy subsidies which could cut bills by about 10 per cent.
He added that 60 per cent of the average bill relies on world gas prices.
Other concerns included the cost of food and fuel.
For more details see next Friday’s Bury Free Press newspaper.