Consumer campaigning group Which? has called on the government to ensure that energy suppliers offer simpler tariffs for gas and electricity.
The charity - which is currently running a campaign for more straightforward tariffs - urged energy secretary Ed Davey to implement a range of reforms in the energy market, including a flat six per cent discount for customers who choose to pay bills by direct debit.
“We need simpler tariffs across the market, otherwise consumers will still find it difficult to compare energy tariffs between companies,” said Which? energy policy adviser James Tallack.
Which? welcomed British Gas’ recent decision to offer simpler tariff structures to new customers, whilst also giving existing consumers the option to stick with their existing tariff or switch to the new alternative. However, the group insisted that further action was required.
A recent study from the charity indicated that some of Britain’s poorest regions were being hit by higher gas and electricity bills than some of their more affluent counterparts elsewhere in the country.