04 FEB 2014

Energy Company Charges

I took part in a backbench business debate on Energy Company charges, organised my colleague, Robert Halfon MP. It was an important and interesting debate, highlighting the fact that the payment of energy bills by direct debit often results in companies overestimating a household's energy usage and overcharging customers.

I made the point that when people are in credit with energy companies, interest should be paid at a proper rate. Energy bill models are not clear or transparent enough. This makes it difficult for consumers to calculate costs or charges.

The Government has made a good start in making energy companies put consumers on the lowest tariff and moving green levies away from customers' bills. I know the rise in utility bills is a top concern for people in Dover and Deal. Clearer bill models and transparent charges must be introduced. This will make it easier for consumers to switch between energy companies and promote real competition to force prices down.

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Charlie Elphicke

It has been an honour and privilege to serve as Member of Parliament for Dover & Deal. I hope to be re-elected to serve our community for another term. 

Many of my appearances in the House of Commons are now on Youtube. Please click the link to watch the footage.

Please email me at charlie@elphicke.com or ring my office on 01304 379669 if you need to get in touch.

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