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Simon Wright MP calls for fair energy deals

December 1, 2011 12:00 PM

Norwich South MP Simon Wright has asked the Energy Secretary what he will do to ensure everyone gets a fair deal on energy prices this winter - and not just those who are internet savvy

Questioning the Secretary of State Chris Huhne today in the House of Commons, Simon Wright highlighted the large price gap between online and offline energy deals.

Mr Wright said: "Households can easily save around £100 on their energy bills just by moving to an online account. But many households still have no internet access, and older especially are less likely to use the internet. It cannot be fair that only internet savvy customers get the best deals.

"These online deals are designed to attract active web switchers. But it means that 'sticky customers', those who do not switch around and many of who do not have internet access, end up paying more for their energy.

"While we still have a clear digital divide, it cannot be right that these discriminatory pricing policies continue. It must stop."

Responding to Mr Wright, the Energy Secretary said "One of the key issues here is when people don't have online access they should be able to get sources of advice which enable them to take advantage of cheaper tariffs."