CUSTOMERS SHOULD USE ‘PEOPLE POWER’ TO LOWER THEIR OWN BILLS
SNP MP Drew Hendry has welcomed the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) report on the electricity market – but stressed there is more to be done and that consumers should be more aware of their own power to lower their bills.
The report has proposed an overhaul of the domestic energy supply market by introducing caps on prepayment meters – the opening up of customer information to other suppliers to making a more competitive market and clearer, more transparent billing.
Mr Hendry the MP for Inverness , Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey has been campaigning on fairness in electricity charges and fuel costs since the election –including holding a debate in Westminster Hall and demanding changes from both the UK government and the energy companies.
Drew Hendry commented:
‘’This is as important step in the fight against fuel poverty – as far as it goes . Helping customers on pre pay meters is good news – but the government needs to take on the power giants to get more transparency and fairness into bills. The proposals in the report will potentially lower power bills for low income homes across Scotland at a time when the UK government is still hell bent on austerity and cuts.
“There also has to be a real effort to alert people to the measures they can take themselves as consumers to reduce their electricity costs directly. A false loyalty exists to the electricity suppliers – for example in the Highlands and Islands where up to 70 percent of customers have never switched their electricity provider. This despite the fact that my campaign has highlighted the many consumers who have saved literally hundreds of pounds a year – simply by switching .
‘’We will continue to relentlessly challenge the energy giants on fair tariffs and people power can also have a huge effect if enough people start switching their suppliers – the this can also help reduce fuel poverty and stop people paying too much needlessly.
‘’These proposals also go some way to reforming the energy market and increase competition to help consumers save money . The CMA estimate that these proposals alone could lower household bills by a total of £300 million – the equivalent of £90 per household – and that is great news for all those helped – but the fight against fuel poverty must go on.’’