James Brokenshire has welcomed action to help consumers get the best available deal on their gas and electricity bills. Speaking on the BBC Sunday Politics, James highlighted a new London wide scheme supported by Bexley Council to help local households secure the best available tariff as well as Government proposals to force energy companies to move customers onto less expensive contracts.
Bexley Council is supporting ‘The Big London Energy Switch’ – a collective switching scheme being run by a number of councils in London to secure lower priced gas and electricity. Participating councils will run an ‘energy auction’ inviting gas and electricity companies to offer their cheapest tariff to those who have registered. Anyone who pays a household energy bill can take part - including tenants and customers on prepayment meters.
Provisions in the Energy Bill which is currently before Parliament will give new powers to the Government to:
- set a limit on the number of energy tariffs offered to domestic consumers;
- require the automatic move of customers from poor value closed tariffs to cheaper deals;
- require the provision of information by suppliers to consumers on the best alternative deals available to them from them.
James said that the Government’s ‘Green Deal’ to promote energy saving measures such as loft insulation would also compliment the initiatives and help reduce gas and electricity bills.
You can find out more information on The Big London Energy Switch at www.biglondonenergyswitch.org.uk
Further details on the Green Deal can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/green-deal-energy-saving-measures/how-the-green-deal-works