The Big Six companies have been asked to reduce energy tariffs for “hardworking British bill payers”.
Newly-appointed Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has written to British Gas, E.ON, EDF Energy, npower, SSE and ScottishPower asking them about their plans to cut gas and electricity bills.
The letter reportedly states: “In light of the greater regulatory stability we are providing and continued stability in wholesale gas prices, I believe energy suppliers should be seeking to regain the trust of consumers by reflecting this in their pricing decisions.”
In a statement, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd added: “My focus is to get the best deal for consumers and the Department is working hard to keep energy bills as low as possible.
“That is why I have written to energy companies asking them what their plans are to lower bills for hardworking British bill payers.”
The trade body for the energy industry insists suppliers “work hard” to provide good service and value for money to consumers.
A spokesperson from Energy UK added: “More companies are entering the market and by shopping around customers can find deals that are both cheaper than this time last year and which match individual circumstances. Our members will be replying to the Secretary of State in due course and the industry as a whole is keen to work constructively with the new government to ensure energy security at a price everyone can afford.”