Greg Barker Criticises Energy Firms Failure To Include All Customers In Tariff Cuts

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Energy minister Greg Barker has hit out at the energy suppliers that have failed to pass on bill reductions to all of their customers following changes to the way green levies are funded.

Following the Government's deal - to also reduce green levies - at the beginning of December (2013), the big six energy suppliers announced they would cut energy bills.

However, four of the suppliers - EDF Energy, e.On, nPower and ScottishPower - have stated that only customers on variable-rate tariffs will receive a full £50 reduction.

These customers, though, will be eligible to receive a rebate of £12, as agreed as part of December's deal. This particular rebate will be paid to all customers at some point later this year, and represents a change in the way the Warm Home Discount will be funded in the future - through general taxation.

British Gas and SSE - the other two remaining energy suppliers - will be reducing tariff prices for both fixed and variable customers.

Customers across the UK were faced with price hikes at the end of last year, which were blamed on the rise in cost of the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) scheme. Some suppliers have suggested that customers on fixed price tariffs would not have been impacted by these rises.

Speaking on the BBC 4 radio programme You and Yours, Mr Barker stated that he wasn't aware the some UK energy suppliers weren't extending their bill reductions to all customers, and that it "would not be acceptable."

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