Our response to Ofgem's energy market investigation
Published on 26 November 2010 04:30 PM
In response to Ofgem's announcement that it will conduct a review of the effectiveness of the retail energy market to see if further action is needed to protect customers, Age UK's Charity Director, Michelle Mitchell, said:
'Any move to give energy customers a fairer deal is very welcome. Another round of price hikes will be worrying many older people who are already risking their health to avoid a heating bill they can't afford.
'With energy prices set to continue rising, the government must urgently develop a new fuel poverty strategy which effectively tackles the root cause of the problem while supporting the poorest and most vulnerable.
'Age UK has launched its ‘Spread the Warmth' campaign to help people in later life stay warmer this winter. Older people and their families can call Age UK Advice for free information and support on freephone 0800 169 6565.'
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