Price cap dithering leaves four million in cold homes, says MP
FOUR million households in fuel poverty will face a winter of “cold homes or astronomical bills” because of Government dithering on a price cap on energy tariffs, it has been claimed.
Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey asked Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, why it had taken “so long” for it to happen.
She criticised the proposals for being a “sticking plaster” and said “radical reform of the market” was necessary.
Mr Clark said he wanted the legislation to proceed quickly and hoped the bill would get “urgent pre-legislative scrutiny”.
He also called on energy companies to move people off expensive tariffs, saying: “It is open now to the energy companies and Ofgem themselves have been very clear that they expect the companies to move people off these standard variable tariffs, which have been identified as overcharging so they should do that whilst this legislation is in place.”
Mr Clark told MPs: “I am determined that we will be on the side of all consumers and ensure the market can become more effective.
“Our goal is to ensure a fair deal and the market has currently not delivered this.”