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Douglas Alexander, Labour’s candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, has branded E.On’s second penalty for overcharging its customers as “completely unacceptable”.

He said it re-inforced the need for Labour plans to get tough with the energy companies.

 

E.On has been told to pay a penalty of £7.5m for overcharging its customers as a result of what energy regulator Ofgen called “repeated failings”.

 

In November 2012 E.on paid a £1.7m penalty for the same thing.

 

Douglas Alexander said:

 

“This is completely unacceptable behaviour by E.On. They have been fined for overcharging customers yet again.

 

“This repeated billing error shows customers simply cannot trust energy companies to charge them the correct amount.

 

“It is time to get tough with the big energy companies. Labour will freeze energy prices, so they can go down and not up. We will give the regulator the power to cut bills this winter and create a tough new watchdog with powers to strip energy companies of their licences if they repeatedly break the rules.

 

“Both the Tories and the SNP are cosying up to the energy companies and refuse to take action to stop them ripping off custoemrs.”

 

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“COMPLETELY UNNACEPTBALE” AS E.ON FINED –AGAIN – FOR OVERCHARGING CUSTOMERS

Douglas Alexander, Labour’s candidate for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, has branded E.On’s second penalty for overcharging its customers as “completely unacceptable”. He said it re-inforced the need for Labour plans...

Douglas Alexander has described the new official figures which show the SNP have signed up to Tory austerity next year as an “explosive” revelation.

 

Official documents show that the SNP have committed to zero increase in public spending for financial year 2015-16.

 

Independent expert Jonathan Portes, who previously praised the SNP, is quoted as saying “the SNP plan matches the current planned spending for 2015-16, whereas Labour has tax rises planned to boost spending.”

 

Labour’s plan includes a Mansion Tax to protect our NHS and a Bankers’ Bonus tax to fund a jobs guarantee for our young people.

 

Douglas Alexander said:

 

“This explosive revelation blows a hole in the SNP’s claim to stand up to Tory austerity. No wonder they tried to keep it quiet.

 

“It shows they have signed up to Tory austerity plans next year.

 

“No doubt SNP politicians will try to brush this under the carpet. But it is there in black and white. And independent experts, who previously praised the SNP, agree with this analysis.

 

“The document shows that the SNP are committed to spending a sum total of ZERO extra next year on public services.

 

“It seems clear they want an extra year of Tory austerity because they think it will help their prospects at next year’s Scottish Parliament election.

 

“This is an outrageous way to treat people. Scotland’s public services aren’t pawn to play with in a political game. They are people’s lives and our children’s future.

 

“We need action to end Tory austerity now, not in 12 months.

 

“A Labour government will act to end Tory austerity on day one. We will impose a bankers’ bonus to tax to help young people get jobs. A Mansion tax will pay for more nurses for the RAH. Getting tough on tax avoidance will help protect our NHS. The SNP oppose all of these.

 

“Renfrewshire can’t afford a Tory government - and it is now clear the SNP are happy to sit back and watch Tory austerity continue for another year. It is clear that only Labour can deliver the change need.”

 

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Link -http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/zero-nada-zilch-snp-plans-5431428

NEW DOCUMENTS REVEAL SNP HAVE SIGNED UP TO TORY AUSTERITY NEXT YEAR

Douglas Alexander has described the new official figures which show the SNP have signed up to Tory austerity next year as an “explosive” revelation.   Official documents show that the...

Douglas Alexander has today set out Labour plans to ban exploitative zero-hours contracts.

Labour will act so that anyone working regular hours will be legally entitled to a regular contract not a zero-hours contract. The new legal right will kick in after 12 weeks – this is earlier than previously expected because of evidence that the problem has grown.

 

-          In the last year the number of people on exploitative zero hour contracts has grown by nearly 20%.

-          There are now 1.8m zero hour contracts in Britain, more than the populations of Cardiff, Glasgow and Leeds combined.

 

This legislation to ban exploitative zero-hours contracts will be in Labour's first Queen's Speech, putting an end to a symbol of the insecure economy that means the recovery hasn't reached the homes of working families across Britain. 

 

Douglas Alexander said:

 

“Under the Tories the number of people on zero hour contracts has soared. For too long unscrupulous employers have been able to get away with exploiting local workers on zero-hour contracts.


“Too many local people now get a text message on a Monday morning telling them whether they’ve got any hours that day and that week.

 

“They are living week to week not knowing whether they will have the money they need to put food on the table for their family. That is an indictment of the way our economy is going under the Tories.

 

“It is why Labour will end these exploitative zero hour contracts. Anyone working regular hours will be legally entitled to a regular contract and this new legal right will kick in after 12 weeks.

 

“Our area only succeeds when working people succeed.

 

“Renfrewshire can’t afford another Tory government. We have to stop them being the largest party. Only Labour can deliver the change we need.”

 

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ALEXANDER SETS OUT DETAIL OF PLAN TO BAN EXPLOITATIVE ZERO HOUR CONTRACTS

Douglas Alexander has today set out Labour plans to ban exploitative zero-hours contracts. ‎ Labour will act so that anyone working regular hours will be legally entitled to a regular...


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