Following a recent interview in a newspaper, in which he criticised consumers for not â€œshopping aroundâ€ for energy prices, Chris Huhne has made a pledge to â€œget toughâ€ with energy suppliers, according to an article published on the BBC's website.
Making a speech at the Lib Dem conference in Birmingham, the Energy Secretary told the crowd that he wanted to limit the amount of control the so-called â€œBig Sixâ€ â€“ formed of Scottish Power, Scottish and Southern, EDF, British Gas, E.On and Npower â€“ have over the market, in a bid to allow smaller companies to create genuine competition.
He added that the government wanted to see â€œsimpler tariffsâ€ as well as a system that makes it mandatory for energy companies â€œto tell you whether you could buy more cheaply on another tariff.â€
Huhne also rebuked claiming that consumers were lazy in the Times, which had unsurprisingly drawn significant criticism from commentators and public alike.
He stated: "Contrary to the Times' report, I neither said nor meant that this was laziness.
"It is just that consumers still think that they face the same bill whoever they go to."
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