Ten minute rule bill targets energy companies

April 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm 1 comment

by Jennifer Rigby

An opposition MP has put forward a bill which aims to cut the risk of fuel poverty with clearer information from fuel companies.

The bill was introduced by John Baron, Conservative MP for Billericay.

He said: ‘The idea behind the bill is relatively simple – too many consumers are paying too much for their energy consumption. Energy companies could do more to provide information to highlight where customers could find cheaper tariffs.’

He wants domestic energy providers to provide more information on whether the customer is on the cheapest tariff available to them through that company, or not.

He said this was the bare minimum of the information that should be on energy bills, which also need to be made
less complex.

‘It is designed to help all consumers, but particularly those in fuel poverty,’ he said. ‘We know the definition of fuel poverty: 10 per cent of a household’s income being spent on keeping their living areas warm.

‘Constituents often write to me – I am sure I am not the only member who receives such correspondence – and graphically describe how they have to deal with the effects of high energy and food prices…One constituent said that he could afford only one hot meal a week and lived off biscuits and bread because he could not afford the high energy prices he was charged.’

He said the bill had cross party support as well as support from Which? And Help the Aged.

‘Ofgem is heading in the right direction, and the industry is trying to make moves to help consumers, but we need a clear message from Parliament on this issue,’ Mr Baron told MPs.

The bill was presented and read a first time; it will be read a second time on Friday 16 October.

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