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Fair Heating campaign

There is growing public concern about the behaviour of domestic energy suppliers - we believe it is time to end the big six energy fix.

In recent months energy companies have once again been exposed for over-charging customers and making excessive profits when incomes are being squeezed. In the first half of 2011, the Big Six made a staggering £3.5bn profit. All this while 5.5m households live in fuel poverty.

How can the government solve the problem?

1) Impose a levy on the Big Six, with funds raised ring-fenced to help people with their energy costs, prioritizing those living in fuel poverty, by making homes more energy efficient.

2) Give the regulator new powers to cap prices and eliminate excess profit.

3) Launch an independent public inquiry into the Big Six so that everyone knows the measures needed to create an energy market that serves the people before profit.

The time has come to end the big six energy fix – we urge the Government to act.

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Comment by Ashley Cutts on January 9, 2013 at 16:07

hi !

I believe the answer to monopolistic tendencies in the energy market is for central government to constantly increase the supply of energy production - a form of supply expansion. There is a woeful lack of investment in energy infrastructure in Britain. The government does not have to wait to collect taxes in order to initiate more off shore wind farms, tidal energy investment, shale gas extraction, solar or nuclear fusion investment. The government can print the money because there is nothing better on earth that money can be used for than energy investment. worries about inflation are unfounded as the policy will actually lead to deflation of the cost of living.

Ashley

Comment by Nick Beddow on February 13, 2012 at 16:59

The Big Switch

Gas and electricity companies rip us off. But can you imagine if thousands of us, their customers, signed up to switch our gas and electricity companies as one group? If we all join together, we will have enough bargaining power to demand a cheaper price.

This will be the first time British customers have joined together to bargain to get a better deal on our gas and electricity bills – sign up to be part of it.http://www.38degrees.org.uk/

Comment by Amanda Bickerton on February 13, 2012 at 11:00

As someone who is a community activist in one of the most deprived areas in the NW, and who also works for an anti-poverty charity, this is one that affects a lot of people, and as in many cases, it affects the poorest the most. The 'poverty premium' (where those on lower incomes pay more for services than those who are better off) is particularly pernicious in the energy market. Those worst affected have card meters, through which they pay in advance for gas and electricity. The tariffs are fixed, there is no reduction in cost once usage rises, there are no options for the discounts enjoyed through paying by direct debit, and once the meter runs down the supply ceases. When people are living in fuel poverty it seems somehow obscene that energy companies (and individual shareholders) are making enormous sums of money from something which is a necessity, not a luxury. Try paying a winter energy bill from 67.50 a week. Yes, the old choice rises its ugly head - heat or eat? Come on you activists out there - this one needs some campaigning.

Comment by Nick Beddow on February 11, 2012 at 16:33

hi all, while petitions to Govt may not be everyone's cuppa tea (the politics of prayer?), I think that a campaign against the price-fixing by the top 6 energy suppliers will resonate very widely amongst grassroots communities and give us all a foundation for wider solidarity. It's hitting lots of people very hard right now. Do you think it might be the unifying cause right now, along with the NHS? (By contrast, it's much more difficult to unite people against cuts generally when they affect  people differently -which cuts to oppose? when? how to unite such a diverse public to defend institutions such as town halls, when they don't inspire loads of affection from the grassroots?)

Comment by Nick Beddow on February 11, 2012 at 16:18

Compass's petition is here - please have a look: http://action.compassonline.org.uk/page/s/end-the-big-six-energy-fix

 

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