Citizens Advice welcomed today's announcement by Ofgem
Chief Executive Gillian Guy said:
“We welcome moves announced by Ofgem today to radically simplify energy tariffs so that consumers can not only compare prices more easily between basic tariffs but the changes will make it easier for consumers to compare all tariffs, and end 'inertia' lock-ins. We hope the energy companies will accept these measures and work to improve the way information is given to consumers.
“Last year we gave consumers advice on over 105,000 fuel debt problems and 43,000 non-debt issues relating to utility companies. At this time customers on the lowest incomes need all the support they can get to avoid paying higher than necessary prices and we hope that Ofgem's initiative will particularly benefit people on the lowest incomes.
“We are concerned that Ofgem finds the companies have been too quick to raise prices - meaning that consumers have paid more than is strictly justified. We would urge both Ofgem and the companies to ensure that any company gains from overcharging is returned promptly to consumers.”
Notes to editors:
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