Price cap dither­ing leaves four mil­lion in cold homes, says MP

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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.”

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