Julie Hilling MP

Working Hard for Atherton, Blackrod, Heaton and Lostock, Horwich, Smithills, Westhoughton and Chew Moor.



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Julie welcomes Labour's proposal to freeze energy bills and reform the energy market.

The increased cost of essential things such as gas and electricity bills are causing families and businesses to endure a cost of living crisis, as wages have continued to fall behind increases in prices for 40 out of 41 months whilst the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Government have been in power.

In September, Ed Miliband announced that the Labour Party wants to reform the broken energy market to make it more competative, transparent and fair for people and businesses alike.

Currently, there is a group of companies dubbed 'the big 6' who supply over 90% of people's gas and electicity. There is a lack of competition and transparency with companies selling energy to themselves, and when they increase bills, they do not lower them when wholesale prices drop. Last month (October 2013), 4 out of the 'big 6' increased their energy prices by nearly 10%.

A Labour Goverment will do several things to help consumers with energy bills:

1. We wil introduce legislation if we enter office in 2015, to freeze energy bills for 20 months, until January 2017.

2. This is the amount of time we feel it will take to bring forward new legislation to make sure that the energy market is more competitive and transparent.

-  We will aim to legislate to require companies to ring-fence their generation businesses from their supply businesses, to require all generators and suppliers to trade their power via an open exchange.

- Labour will also introduce a tough new watchdog to replace Ofgem, with a body which will force companies to lower prices when wholesale costs falls.

- Introduce a simple new tariff structure so people can compare prices.

These changes could save the average household £120 and an average business £1,800. Just think of all the money that could be spent elsewhere.

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Julie welcomes Labour's proposal to freeze energy bills and reform the energy market.

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Julie has praised the ‘wonderful staff’ and ‘lovely atmosphere’ at the Chanters Care Home following a visit on the National Care Home Open Day.

National Care Home Open Day is the opportunity for care homes in Bolton West to connect with the community and improve perceptions of care, allowing members of the public and potential residents to visit care homes in their local area.

Ms. Hilling joined The Chanters Care Home Manager Anne Hargreaves, their Activities Co-ordinator Margaret Breeze along with other staff and residents at the Atherton based residential home, which also supports local people suffering with dementia.

The Bolton West MP said, “It was great to go along to the Chanters Care Home, meeting such wonderful people and sharing their lovely atmosphere on their open day. As a carer for my mother, I am acutely aware of the trust we place in people who are doing the precious job of caring for our loved ones when we are not there. I was delighted to see the way in which the staff at The Chanters connected with their residents and showed great care and attention to detail.”

“I even had the chance to win some tasty fudge on the raffle.  Anne Hargreaves runs such a lovely care home and I am very proud it is in my constituency. The Chanters provide forty quality beds for their residents, filling their time with activities such as indoor games, exercise sessions and arts and crafts.”

“As a care home they have everything to offer – especially friendly staff who help residents with hobbies such as gardening in their beautiful garden at the back.”

The Chanters is open to visits from local people looking at moving to a care home. If you would like to look around or know someone who would please contact Larchwood Care on Tel: 0845 034 2136.

Julie visits the ‘Lovely Atmosphere’ At The Chanters Care Home

Julie has praised the ‘wonderful staff’ and ‘lovely atmosphere’ at the Chanters Care Home following a visit on the National Care Home Open Day.

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