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Huppert praised for campaign for fairer energy tariffs

November 26, 2012 1:27 PM

MP Julian Huppert, who has been campaigning for lower energy bills for Cambridge residents, has welcomed moves to make energy companies legally obliged to give their customers the best deals.

His efforts to get fairer energy tariffs for his constituents have been praised as the "type of consumer support measures so welcome by ordinary people" which "create goodwill".

Julian has supported schemes such as The Big Switch which encourages and helps customers to find better energy deals and encourages energy providers to offer more competitive tariffs.

He said moves to bring forward legislation in the forthcoming Energy Bill to help consumers finding the best deal is an important step forward but safeguards need to be put in place which will prevent energy companies raising their lowest tariffs.

One resident, so impressed with Julian's campaigning on the issue, said: "I'd like to thank you for your positive stand on many issues that concern me. It may please you to know that you have turned a life-long Labour voter into one who will vote for you at the next general election."

"These type of consumer support measures are so welcome by ordinary people, and they create goodwill so thank you," another constituent said.

Another said: "Ensuring fairness of tariffs for the less well-off in society is the sign of a compassionate society."

Julian said: "The Lib Dems have already begun to introduce reforms and improvements to help households find the lowest tariffs available to them. And we have an agreement with energy providers to provide information on bills to indicate if a customer is on the cheapest tariff which is an important step.

"The new legislation in the Energy Bill, to make it a legal requirement for companies to give their customers the best deal is welcome but we must have further safeguards in place to make sure companies don't simply raise their lowest tariffs.

"These are difficult times and people are struggling to meet rising energy costs. And the vast range of different energy tariffs are confusing; it is very difficult for consumers to know whether they are getting the best deal. Companies need to do so much more to help their customers find the tariff that is right for them."