Fuel Poverty Bill

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 9:49 am on 20th March 2009.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 9:49 am, 20th March 2009

First, there is quite a difference in performance between some energy suppliers and others. Secondly, it is almost impossible to compare what is offered because the tariff arrangements that they suggest are complicated. Thirdly, there is enormous churn, with people being badgered into changing their accounts from one company to another on the assumption that they are getting a better deal, which often is not a better deal at all. Although I hear what the suppliers say and understand the need to maintain a competitive market, it is in their interests for there to be a statutory basis for a social tariff so that everyone understands what it should comprise of and they work on the same basis.

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