Energy Secretary pledges change to current energy supplier practices

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Following a recent interview in a newspaper, in which he criticised consumers for not “shopping around” for energy prices, Chris Huhne has made a pledge to “get tough” 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 “Big Six” – formed of Scottish Power, Scottish and Southern, EDF, British Gas, E.On and Npower – have over the market, in a bid to allow smaller companies to create genuine competition.

He added that the government wanted to see “simpler tariffs” as well as a system that makes it mandatory for energy companies “to tell you whether you could buy more cheaply on another tariff.”

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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