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New proposals to cut the cost of energy bills for millions of households

Tuesday, November 20 2012

Gas Cooker

Proposals to ensure that all households are on the best deal for their gas and electricity were published today.

Millions of households are to be moved to better energy deals as soon as possible, with suppliers limited to four tariffs per fuel type, and customers moved off poor-value ‘dead tariffs’.

Under the new proposals:


  • Households will no longer face hundreds of tariffs, with energy companies limited to four tariffs per fuel.
  • Energy companies will have to make bills simpler for customers to understand, and outline personalised information on the cheapest tariff that they can offer.
  • Households will be moved onto the cheapest tariff under their supplier that suits them.

Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker MP, said:

‘The Prime Minister promised to take action to get people the lowest tariffs and he has delivered.

‘Today’s announcement marks the end of confusing tariffs that cost too much. It also again shows this Government’s determination to get behind people who work hard and want to get on in life and support vulnerable people at risk of being ripped off.’

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