Energy bills simplified

The Energy Secretary has admitted the Government's plans for energy bills will not make them cheaper for everyone, but should make them simpler. Last month David Cameron vowed he would compel firms to put customers automatically on the lowest tariff

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Energy committee chair 'concerned' about 'period of uncertainty'

The Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, Tim Yeo, has written to Energy Secretary Ed Davey, expressing concern that the Prime Minister’s surprise announcement on Wednesday could further delay the Energy Bill.

A screenshot of the letter sent from Tim Yeo to Ed Davey.

An excerpt reads:

"The Committee remains concerned about the negative impact any further delay will have on the timescale for implementing reforms and on investor confidence by prolonging the current period of uncertainty."

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Number 10 'welcomes' Ofgem energy proposals

A Downing Street spokeswoman said they welcomed Ofgem's new proposals to force companies to tell customers about their cheaper tariffs:

We welcome the proposals that Ofgem have set out today. Their proposals will help make bills simpler and easier for consumers. This is complementary with what we are trying to achieve. It is really the same agenda. We have been working with them for some time on this and will continue to work with them. As the Prime Minister said, we will use forthcoming legislation to ensure that people get the lowest tariffs. The Energy Bill will be published in due course and we will take into account the Ofgem proposals.

Consumer Focus: Customers should feel the benefit

Particularly welcome are proposals which could cut the number of available tariffs by half. Ofgem needed to act to make the energy maze less impenetrable and these are important and overdue measures.

Government and regulators need to plot a clear and consistent path on energy market reforms which puts the interests of consumers at the heart of the process. Regulation, legislation and effective competition all play a role in delivering an energy market that works for, not against consumers.

Consumers still doubt the relationship between wholesale costs, retail prices and group profits. But we welcome this as a very positive step towards making the market work better for consumers.

– Audrey Gallagher, Director of Energy at Consumer Focus
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