bill to make energy bills clearer introduced

A bill that calls for energy companies to include information on cheapest tariffs has been introduced in Parliament.

Proposals outlined in the bill suggest that providers should offer their customers details about the cheapest energy rates available to them as well as explain whether cost savings are to be made.

Introducing the bill, John Baron MP said it has cross-party support and it has been called "ingenious" by Ed Miliband, the energy secretary.

Mr Baron told the House of Commons: "The idea behind the bill is relatively simple - too many consumers are paying too much for their energy consumption. Energy companies could do more to provide information to highlight where customers could find cheaper tariffs."

He added: "The bill's aim, I hope, is to help consumers realise that perhaps they need to do more to achieve cheaper tariffs. It is designed to help all consumers, but particularly those in fuel poverty."

Fuel poverty is defined as spending ten per cent or more of a household's total income on heating.

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