November 6 2014.

Commenting on the impact of energy and climate change policies on energy bills in a report published by DECC today, John Longworth Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

“These figures show that businesses and consumers continue to bear the brunt of the government’s energy policies. It is unacceptable that all companies are facing significant energy price rises as a result of policy decisions. This is especially damaging for medium-sized firms and manufacturing firms that do not benefit from compensation packages.

“Ministers should be working to stabilise business energy costs, not push them up higher. We urge the government to conduct a review into the existing energy and climate change policies, and implement reform where necessary. We would also urge all political parties to pledge not to introduce any further unilateral measures.

“More must be done to help all businesses reduce their energy usage, and subsequently reduce their future costs. Compensation packages for intensive industries must be extended to cover all sectors whose competitiveness will be impacted by these policies.”