The Prime Minister has promised that the Government will work 'harder and faster' to bring down energy bills as he calls the energy companies, the energy regulator Ofgem, and consumer groups to Downing Street for a summit on energy bills.
In a joint article with the Energy Secretary for moneysavingexpert.com, the Prime Minister explained:
"We can't control volatile world energy prices. But we can still help people get their bills down. So today we are bringing together the industry, consumer groups and Ofgem for an energy summit that will focus on getting people the help they need to reduce their bills in time for this winter."
The Prime Minister emphasised the action the Government is already taking to help consumers:
Working with Ofgem to reform the energy market, for example by encouraging customers to switch suppliers and by ensuring transparency over the cheapest tariffs.
Giving the most vulnerable households free or heavily subsidised insulation immediately, delivered by the energy companies.
Paying a £120 rebate to more than 600,000 of our most vulnerable pensioners.
Maintaining the winter fuel payment and cold weather payments.
Introducing the Green Deal, which will offer improved insulation for everyone at no cost from next year.
The Prime Minister ended by emphasising the Government's determination to get bills down:
"Our intention is for today's summit to be the start of a much more active engagement with consumers, with us all working harder and faster to deliver an energy market that is trusted, simple and transparent. A market that puts the consumer first and gets these energy bills down as much as possible.
"We are determined that everything that can be done will be done to help people bring their energy bills down."