Caroline Flint: Energy firms will still be able to hike bills

Responding to Ed Davey's statement, Labour shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint has attacked the coalition's plans to reform the energy market.

She said that the reform mean that "energy companies will still be allowed to put up people's bills this winter".

"There is not a single measure that will cost the energy companies a single penny," she added.

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Fuel bill cuts after Govt pledge

British Gas is to cut duel fuel bills and other energy firms have announced price freezes after the Government revealed measures it hopes will cut bills by an average of £50 a year. But Ed Miliband has dismissed the plans as "smoke and mirrors".