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The boss of npower tells me that Nick Clegg's announcement is a "little bit of a play for the Government to suggest this is a landmark deal."
Nick Clegg told ITV1's Daybreak his new proposals on energy bills would help the poorest, as firms would have to write to them twice a year, telling them what the best tariff for their household would be.
A mother told Daybreak's Gregg Easteal that she is "feeling the pinch" from current energy prices as Nick Clegg is set to announce new proposals aimed to reduce bills for households.
Nick Clegg has told ITV1's Daybreak that people rarely get the best deal on their energy bills because of the confusion over the 120 tariffs available.
He added that energy firms will write to households once, or for the poorest, twice a year to let them know the cheapest tariff.
Consumer Focus's director of energy Audrey Gallacher said alerting customers to the best deal was "long overdue".
But she added: "While any move to help energy customers to get the best deal is welcome, it has to be the right method to reach people and the benefit must outweigh the cost.
"This needs to be more than a one-off mail shot and part of a wider strategy to help people overcome the burden of having to navigate hundreds of complex tariffs to get a decent price.
"Unfortunately, people don't trust energy firms and previous mail-outs have not always had the best take-up."
Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint criticised the time taken for the coalition to tackle energy bills and accused the Government of being "completely clueless" in helping struggling households.
She said: "Our energy market needs a complete overhaul, but this Government is only fiddling at the margins.
"Labour will stand up for hard-pressed families and pensioners and end the rip-off.
"We will break the stranglehold of the big six energy companies by making them sell all of their energy into a pool, encouraging new entrants, increasing competition and driving down energy bills for families."
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