Energy Secretary Ed Davey encouraged consumers to switch to providers outside of the big six:
With fifteen independent energy suppliers to choose from outside the Big 6, it’s surprising that these companies think they can keep getting away with bill hikes of this magnitude.
As more and more people shop around for the competitive deals on the market, some of which are offered by the independents, companies like Scottish Power can no longer put their bills up in this way with no consequences.
The Government is looking at how to get people’s energy bills as low as possible to help hard-pressed households.
We’ve already increased competition, brought new players in to the market to offer consumers real choice, and the most vulnerable people are getting direct help with their bills this winter.
We’ll continue this work to make sure consumers are getting a good deal.
Scottish Power has increased its gas and electricity bills as rifts appear in the Coalition over green energy taxes.
David Cameron has announced a review of competition in the energy market and vowed to roll back green regulations.