UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Lib Dems win campaign for advance notice of electricity & gas price changes

Press Release   •   Feb 12, 2010 10:13 GMT

Energy companies will have to inform customers before they change their prices, after the Government backed down on Liberal Democrat plans to amend the Energy Bill currently before Parliament.

Having previously rejected proposals from the Liberal Democrats, ministers today published their own amendment that would end rules allowing energy companies to wait 65 days before notifying customers of price changes.

The amendment was tabled as the Bill moves towards the end of its passage before the House of Commons.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Simon Hughes said:

“The Government’s U-turn is a big victory for electricity and gas consumers.

“Everyone in the country will in future have fair notice of changes to the gas and electricity bills they pay.

“We will now be looking for further changes to improve the rights of consumers when the Bill comes back before the House of Commons at the end of this month.”