Gas companies have £454 million of our money... and the interest
Maybe it's because gas companies are using up the Earth's natural resources, leaving it looking like a withered teat, that they're hanging on to our money and hoping we don't ask for it back.
Apparently, there's around 5m British households who have been overcharged by gas suppliers by a whopping £454m.
Who says? Well, of course, it's someone after a bit of publicity. This new survey has been undertaken by the folks at moneysupermarket.com and they've been at the abacus and decided that, on average, each of those overcharge should be given £89... which is a decent night on the lash.
This is because a lot of companies have not reduced their direct debit charges after cutting tariffs. However, it's worth pointing out that this money isn't being held to ransom, but rather, we, the simpering British public have simply not asked for it back. Naturally, the gas companies aren't crowing about it and would rather we all just forgot all about it.
The interesting thing here is that the gas companies are quite happy to chase 'us' up for the £280m we collectively owe. Considering what they owe us, they should in fact be confessing that they owe us the remainder, which is £174m.
Really, the gas companies, like British Gas and E.On should be doing this automatically with rebates. That'd be nice of them to do as a Christmas present to everyone wouldn't it? And it's not like this would hit them hard in the pocket because all that time you've not been claiming it back, they've been enjoying the interest on that £454m. That's enough coins to swim in, Scrooge McDuck style.
So do your maths... you might be owed some cash. It's not like they won't give it to you, so get on the phone and start thinking about what you'll spend it on to treat yourself after a miserable year.