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Despite a huge number of calls by the Government - a supporter of the upcoming Big Energy Week - for householders to shop around for the best possible energy deals, the Scottish National Party has claimed that the tactic isn't working, according to an article published by

A question in Parliament revealed that even in the face of the Government's calls and the rising tariffs implemented by many energy suppliers, the number of customers switching their suppliers has fallen in the past few years.

One SNP MP claimed this was down to consumers failing to find better deals from other suppliers.

Dr Eilidh Whiteford, said: "Encouraging customers to switch between energy suppliers has been the UK Government's answer to tackling the problems of sky-high bills, but it is clear this strategy is not working. Most people already on a Direct Debit payment are unlikely to make a significant saving by switching. Indeed, research has shown that many of those who have actually ended up on a worse deal."

However, despite her assertion, consumers can shop for a better deal and make savings. Using an energy comparison site helps nine out of ten billpayers save money on their bills.

Energy Minister Chris Huhne has been particularly vocal in encouraging consumers to switch suppliers. Research shows consumers who do switch could save up to £200.

Mr Huhne told the BBC previously: "We should be checking to see whether or not we're on the cheapest tariff. We should be switching if we're not on the cheapest tariff."

Big Energy Week will attempt to help billpayers cope with energy costs - with advice and information on insulation schemes, Direct Debit savings, ways to cut energy usage and details about the savings available when switching suppliers.

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