You are here: Home - Household Bills - News -

Call for low cost energy tariffs

Written by:

Following recent price hikes to gas and electricity bills, campaign groups have today urged the Government to create low-cost energy tariffs for vulnerable households.

The National Consumer Council (NCC) and National Energy Action (NEA) have called for energy companies to offer cheaper ‘social tariffs’ to worse off customers such as low-income families and elderly people. Both the NCC and NEA have argued that reserve powers are needed in the Energy Bill, due to be read this week, to ensure that companies deliver on their responsibilities.

Philip Cullum, acting chief executive of the NCC, has highlighted the need for a set of social tariffs to protect vulnerable consumers from the worst effects of rising energy prices. He said: “This week’s Energy Bill provides the perfect opportunity to ensure that Government is able to act if the industry fails to do so.”

Jenny Saunders, acting chief executive of NEA, said: “Energy prices are on the upward march again and the number of people who can’t afford to heat their homes is set to soar beyond 4 million. This means the government’s target to end fuel poverty for the most vulnerable by 2010 looks increasingly challenging. Adequate standards for social tariffs would be a vital safety net for people most at risk of fuel poverty.”

Related Posts


Tag Box

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

Five ways to get on the property ladder without the Bank of Mum and Dad

A report suggests the Bank of Mum and Dad is running low on funds. Fortunately, there are other options for st...

The essential Your Money guide to the April 2018 tax changes

As we head into the 2018/19 tax year, a number of key changes take place to existing policies while some new i...

A guide to switching energy provider

All you need to know about switching from one energy supplier to another.

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

Having a baby and your finances: seven top tips

We’re guessing the Duchess of Cambridge won’t be fretting about maternity pay or whether she’ll still be...

Protecting family wealth: 10 tips for cutting inheritance tax

Inheritance tax - sometimes known as 'death tax' - can cause even more heartache for bereaved families. But th...

Travel insurance: Five tips to ensure a successful claim

Ahead of your summer holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right level of travel cover or you co...

Money Tips of the Week

Read previous post:
Savers await rate cut

Many banks and building societies are still undecided on whether to implement December’s cut in the Base Rate according to...