Huhne slammed for telling consumers to shop around

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has been criticised for his stance on rising energy bills. MP John Healey panned Mr Huhne’s latest suggestion that consumers should try to keep bills down […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has been criticised for his stance on rising energy bills. MP John Healey panned Mr Huhne’s latest suggestion that consumers should try to keep bills down by switching energy tariffs, during an Opposition Day debate on energy bills today.

Mr Healey said: “People can’t believe their ears when they hear the Secretary telling people to shop around.” He gave examples of people who would find it hard to switch, such as customers who have fixed meters or empty bank accounts.

The Labour MP said: “Why is this a system where the poorest are penalised while the rich benefit?”

He added: “Every one of the major energy users has a dual charge, one for fixed costs and one for variable costs.” He suggested that where less energy is used, a bigger portion of the tariff goes to the variable cost, which results in lower energy users paying more per unit for their energy.