Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Ending the energy bills rip off, when you do not pay by direct debit

Parliament is forcing Ministers to announce an inquiry into a fuel bill rip-off which means some customers are getting charged up to £400 more than others. Its seems unfair to me that there is a system which means customers are charged extra if they don’t pay by direct debit.

A cross party group of MPs, of which I am one, has come together to call for the penalty to be capped, or abolished altogether. The arrangement means people without bank accounts are forced to pay more – and they tend to be among the poorest in society anyway. And it also means customers are penalised if they simply prefer to pay their bill when it comes rather than allowing their bank to hand over the money automatically. The debate today will start at around 4pm I suspect. More details here: