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Energy UK - It's only fair consumers should know what they're paying for

In response to DECC's report on Estimated impacts of energy and climate change policies on energy prices and bills released today, Angela Knight CBE, Chief Executive of Energy UK said:

"It is only fair that consumers should know what they are paying for when they pay their energy bill. Social and environmental levies, the regulator's decision on how much the maintenance and upgrading of the networks should be, and taxation, amounts now to 34%* of an average household dual fuel bill, according to the report DECC released today.

There are other costs included in the bill too such as the wholesale cost of energy, the company's operating costs and profit. Energy companies have been working hard to make their bills clearer and explain these varying costs to their customers. But an open and honest discussion is needed with consumers on what energy policy means for them. Energy security, investment and job creation are all needed but it will come with a price tag."

* Source: DECC report Estimated impacts of energy and climate change policies on energy prices and bills (page 8, chart 1).

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"The energy companies have dramatically reduced the number of tariffs and pledged to help all customers move to the best deal that suits them.

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"We agree with the Government's overall intention with these amendments. But we will need to look at the detail of what is proposed to make sure that there are no unintended consequences to the drafted primary legislation. It is clear that these amendments will send a strong signal to industry and the investor community about the direction that Government wishes the market to take.

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The UK-wide campaign aims to raise awareness of the increasing number of cold homes and highlight the benefits of helping those struggling to heat their homes.  Anyone concerned about their bills this winter is being urged to call the Home Heat Helpline, run by Energy UK, on 0800 33 66 99 to find out what help they may be eligible for.

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Energy UK is promoting industry's commitments to customers on back-billing, for energy used many months or years previously.

An event is being held today - attended by a range of energy suppliers, consumer groups, representatives from Government and the regulator - to communicate energy suppliers' commitments to the principles of so-called back-billing.

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MSPs support the Home Heat Helpline

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The event in Holyrood will provide information about assistance offered by the Helpline - an independent telephone hotline that acts as a one-stop-shop for advice and support, particularly aimed at the elderly and people on low incomes. 

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