The Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill has completed its passage through the House of Commons, and has passed to the House of Lords with the expectation that it will become law by this summer. The Bill fulfils the Conservative Manifesto promise to protect consumers from unfair energy bills and is the first step in reforming the broken energy market.
The energy market is not working for ordinary consumers. Customers who shop around and switch suppliers can save around £300 each year, but energy bills remain higher than they should for millions of households. Ofgem have already introduced a safeguard tariff cap on prepayment meters, saving five million of the most vulnerable customers an average £60 each year. This Bill will build on that by putting an absolute cap on default standard variable energy tariffs by the end of the year so that the 11 million households on these rip off tariffs can feel the benefits this winter.
Strong competition is the best way to protect the interests of consumers, and this Bill is part of larger efforts to reform the energy market, giving more power to consumers, increasing competition through the rollout of smart meters and making switching suppliers quicker and easier for everyone.
East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton said:
“I was proud to vote for this Bill which will offer protection to households right across East Renfrewshire from the excessive energy bills that hit the most vulnerable consumers the hardest. I know that high energy bills are a big concern for many people, and I am proud that we have introduced this smart, temporary, market intervention while we work to fix the market by giving power to consumers and increasing competition.”