MPs want simpler tariffs from energy companies

20 December 2012

Energy companies have been getting away with daylight arsery for too long and our slovenly, dimwitted MPs are finally stirring themselves enough to have half an opinion on the whole thing, saying that stronger action is needed to make sure customers get a fair deal.

And they're hoping Ofgem do it, so they don't have to.

MPs have said that there's been "anti-competitive" behaviour by suppliers and that the Big Six are taking advantage to overcharge people who never switch, while simultaneously offering cheap "loss leader" deals to grab new customers.

"We find it unsatisfactory that Ofgem should be so hesitant about launching preliminary investigations into potentially anti-competitive behaviour," said the report of the Energy and Climate Change Committee. "We understand that Ofgem plans to reduce barriers to competition... but we believe that a more proactive approach should be adopted."

"Whether or not these measures will improve the situation for consumers remains to be seen, but it is crucial that if they do not, the government and Ofgem are prepared to take stronger action to ensure that consumers get a fair deal from energy providers."

An Ofgem spokesman added: "We do share the committee's concern about transparency, which is why we publish a weekly report setting out wholesale and retail prices. We also share the committee's concerns about competition in the energy market, which is why we are progressing with the most far-reaching reforms since competition began, to make it simpler, clearer and fairer for consumers."

And while they all see who can piss the highest, we all freeze.

TOPICS:   Utilities   Government

3 comments

  • Marky M.
    Ofgem leaping into action! Yow -- that'll learn them!
  • Dick
    The problem with simpler tariffs is that we will end up paying more. They'll remove the cheaper ones for the people that can be arsed to switch so we all have to pay higher tariffs that they charge the thick / old people that cannot use the internet.
  • Sprocket d.
    "MPs have said that there’s been “anti-competitive” behaviour by suppliers and that the Big Six are taking advantage to overcharge people who never switch, while simultaneously offering cheap “loss leader” deals to grab new customers." Is that not what companies like Sky and Virgin do all the time, screw over and shaft there loyal customers who don't realise they can ring up and negotiate a better deal while they offer the best/cheaper deals for new customers. I doubt there would be any investigation into the Murdoch/Branson mafia as it is more a matter of choice and not essential to living to be subscribed to there services no mattter how unfair it seems.

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