Two-thirds of households are being overcharged for their energy bills

New figures show that despite Cameron's promises, energy companies are still not charging customers their lowest tariff


New figures uncovered by Labour’s shadow Energy and Climate Change secretary Caroline Flint have revealed that three in four households are being overcharged for their energy bills.

In 2012, David Cameron promised that energy companies would be compelled to give customers the lowest possible tariff. Since then he has promised 17 times in the House of Commons that he will make energy suppliers automatically put customers on their supplier’s lowest tariff.

But more than two years on, the new figures show that three-quarters of households are paying as much as £250 a year more than their supplier’s cheapest tariff would cost them.

The analysis reveals that 75 per cent of households are on their supplier’s standard variable tariff, which is on average £180 a year more expensive than the cheapest tariff. For example British Gas’s standard variable tariff is £1,156 and its cheapest is £950; NPower’s standard is £1,169 and its cheapest is £927.

Labour has reiterated its call for regulators to be given the power to force energy suppliers to cut bills, and to freeze prices so that bills cannot rise until 2017.

Caroline Flint MP said of her findings:

“More than two years after David Cameron promised to make energy companies put all customers on the lowest tariff, millions of households are still being routinely overcharged by hundreds of pounds every single year.

“That’s why the next Labour Government will freeze energy prices until 2017, so that bills can fall but not rise, give the regulator the power to force energy suppliers to cut their prices and end overcharging once and for all.”

Ruby Stockham is a staff writer for Left Foot Forward. Follow her on Twitter

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11 Responses to “Two-thirds of households are being overcharged for their energy bills”

  1. itdoesntaddup

    Almost 100% of consumers are being overcharged for their energy, thanks to the energy policies of Miliband, Huhne and Davey. The exceptions are what George Monbiot called the “great Green rip-off” beneficiaries of lavish FiT payments.

  2. Leon Wolfeson

    The problem being uneconomic index-linked payments, payments for non-generated energy and a refusal to look at i.e. nuclear power seriously.

  3. sarntcrip

    so deptessing the tories are leadingGOD HELP THE SICK AND DISABLED

  4. sarntcrip


  5. sarntcrip

    the problem is the bribery of the petro-chemical industry and it’s bribery of uk politicians

  6. Leon Wolfeson

    That’s more or less a side issue, afaik.

  7. itdoesntaddup

    100% renewables will provide 100% guaranteed power blackouts. Still, I guess that’s what you want, as at least it will cut your bill.

  8. itdoesntaddup

    What’s the petrochemical industry being bribed to do?

    Shut down and relocate to China or Saudi Arabia or the US as far as I can see, at a cost of British jobs and exports…

    Evidently Cable and Davey approve.

  9. Guest

    100% myth provides 100% myth. That’s what you’re peddling.

    Keep opposing nuclear.

  10. itdoesntaddup

    I support cost competitive nuclear. Keep taking the tablets.

  11. Guest

    Right, as I said, you completely oppose nuclear because you’re a coal-paid man.

    As you, Lord Blagger, spout off the usual line that disagreeing with you is magically mental illness. The usual far right, totalitarian, social darwinist slur of yours, as you’re so terrified of argument and people actually getting clean power.

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