New energy tariff deal

Energy companies will write to customers every year telling them the best deal for their household, Nick Clegg will announce.

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Energy tariff deal 'long overdue'

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."

Labour MP demands 'complete overhaul' of energy market

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.

Shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint Credit: Labour Party

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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