April 17, 2012 1:22 PM
Local MP Mark Hunter at the Big Switch campaign event

Local MP Mark Hunter at the Big Switch campaign event

Local MP Mark Hunter has welcomed the landmark deal for consumers agreed last week between the Coalition Government and all the major energy suppliers to make sure all households are informed of the best tariff for them and how to get it.

Mark has been highlighting the unfair discrepancy between wholesale energy prices and the price consumers pay for their gas and electricity, and just recently met with the MD of British Gas to speak out on behalf of local residents. Mark has been campaigning in Parliament to address this unfairness, giving his backing to two separate campaigns - one led by Which? and the other by the Citizens Advice Bureau.

The new measures could lead to energy bills falling for millions. With more than 120 different energy tariffs, seven out of 10 people currently aren't on the best available tariff, according to the independent research. The average customer tends to stay with the same supplier for years, despite the amount of energy they use varying over time. In 2010, 75 per cent of people did not change their tariff.

Commenting, Mark said:

"This is another step in the right direction for all energy bill payers and I'm pleased that this could lead to a fall in household costs for millions.

"Particularly during these tough economic times, it is absolutely vital that residents get the best possible deal available.

"I welcome this agreement struck between the Coalition Government and energy suppliers, and I will continue to do everything I can in Parliament to help address high energy prices."

Commenting, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

"We want to see consumers saving money and engage with the energy they use. Precisely the kind of thrift that is good for pockets as well as the planet."

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