Labour has accused the Conservatives of costing British households nearly £1,000 in extra energy costs over the past seven years by failing to stop electricity and gas firms raising prices. While the government is now imposing an energy price cap, the opposition attacked what it said was a record of inaction by successive Tory governments. The government defended its record, saying a freeze on prices as energy companies faced growing costs in recent years would have damaged investment and businesses. Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow business secretary, said: “The government has been promising action on energy bills since 2010 yet energy costs are still spiralling.” In 2010, a household with typical energy consumption paid £1,038 for an annual dual fuel bill. In 2017 it was £1,116, but in some years it has been more than £1,200.
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