Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commenting on the Government’s proposals to ensure a better deal for energy consumers, said:
"David Cameron is trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes. The Prime Minister promised to force the energy companies to put everyone on the cheapest tariff and he has broken his promise. All the Government is really doing is reducing the number of tariffs on offer. If energy companies are only allowed to offer one tariff for every type of contract, that’s not the lowest tariff – it’s the only tariff.
"The cheapest energy deal in an uncompetitive market will still not be a good deal. Unless the Government really reforms the energy market, there’s nothing to stop the energy companies just putting up the prices of all their tariffs. The time has come for a complete overhaul of our energy market. We need a One Nation Labour government to break the dominance of the energy giants, protect vulnerable customers from being ripped off and create a tough new energy regulator with the power to force energy companies to pass on savings to consumers."
Labour’s SwitchTogether scheme to help lower energy bills: www.switchtogether.org.uk