Consumers demand electricity and gas price-hike warnings

Between 1 July 2019 and 31 December 2019, at least 10% of people who switched energy supplier for both gas & electricity with Uswitch saved £479 or more.

Consumers have called on energy suppliers to give them plenty of warning before they put the cost of their tariffs up, it has been claimed.

According to consumer watchdog Which?, 98 per cent of respondents to a recent survey said that energy companies should give their customers plenty of notice before they alter their prices – a move that would no doubt encourage more people to switch suppliers online.

Current legislation means that energy suppliers have up to 65 days after a price change to notify their customers and consumers then have ten days to switch to a cheaper deal.

Commenting on the situation, Dr Fiona Cochrane, senior policy adviser at Which? said: "Surely it's not unreasonable for people to be told in advance if prices are going to go up?"

"It's time for the government to step in and make sure Ofgem delivers on its mission to put consumers first," she added.

Last week, Ofgem proposed increasing the period in which consumers could switch energy supplier from ten to 20 days.

However, Which? said this would still favour suppliers.

Written by Carl Stevens

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