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    Energy companies going to hit us even harder this winter ?

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    Energy companies going to hit us even harder this winter ?

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 31 Aug 2010, 12:23 pm

    After the gas and electricity companies made billions of profits because of the very hard winter of 2009 and they fought tooth and nail NOT to drop prices during this summer to the levels they SHOULD HAVE dropped them to, we see them now warning that gas and electricity prices WILL go up again this winter too.

    I wonder at what point will the government - ANY government - try to get a grip on these profiteering animals so that they will be made to treat us more fairly.

    With the CONDEM government talking about dropping the cold-weather payments for pensioners it seems that the old and the frail and the poor of our society are going to be hit VERY hard this coming winter.

    At what point do any government think they should serve a windfall-tax on these greedy energy companies ?

    How many more will die of cold this winter I wonder ?



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    Re: Energy companies going to hit us even harder this winter ?

    Post by Hell's Granny on Tue 31 Aug 2010, 6:57 pm

    I think I will end up as an iceberg!

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    Re: Energy companies going to hit us even harder this winter ?

    Post by papa_umau on Wed 01 Sep 2010, 10:02 am

    It's an amusing thought HG, but if we did not laugh at the situation we would be bound to cry !

    If the CONDEM government DARE to remove the cold weather payments I would hope they would be cutting their own throats by this act. One thing IS certain; if the Lib Dems in the government support this idea they will be totally wiped out in Scotland just as the Tories before them were.


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    Re: Energy companies going to hit us even harder this winter ?

    Post by zathrus on Thu 02 Sep 2010, 11:27 am

    THAT I would like to see Paps.

    It appears that the energy companies have no shame whatsoever when they pile on the profits as they pile on the rises.

    The last Labour government did hit the oil companies with a windfall tax a few years ago and it is right that they should do it again if they are unable to control rising bills.

    I have always wondered why governments are quick to restrict wages and yet they seem terrified to try to restrict prices. It almost looks as if all governments are frightened of the power of the oil and gas companies.

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    Re: Energy companies going to hit us even harder this winter ?

    Post by Hell's Granny on Thu 02 Sep 2010, 9:44 pm

    I read somewhere that OFGEM is investigating several companies for irregularities.

    Didn't pay much attention at the time as I was in a tearing hurry, wish I had now!

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    Re: Energy companies going to hit us even harder this winter ?

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 03 Sep 2010, 12:07 pm

    Yes HG, again you are right, but that was based around doostep or "face-to-face" selling of contracts. OFGEM have stated that all of the energy companies should be able to give specific savings and the estimated costs to each prospective new customer BEFORE tying them up to a change of supplier. At the moment they are more concerned with the selling than with the actual savings that might be found if people DO move their accounts.

    I would prefer it if OFGEM, ( as a government watchdog ), were to concentrate much more effort on the actual pricing across the board so that these prices between suppliers were much more simple and easier to compare and the large profits already made were restricted into the future.

    Whether OFGEM will actually do this or not is doubtful as they usually take on the tasks that they find easy to enforce and they leave the hard ones alone.


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    Re: Energy companies going to hit us even harder this winter ?

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 04 Sep 2010, 11:21 am

    You're so right Papa.

    Governments and their watchdogs always take on the easiest tasks they can find so that they can get results without too much effort.
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    Re: Energy companies going to hit us even harder this winter ?

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 06 Sep 2010, 11:04 am

    See my new posting today about how much the "watchdogs" cost.

    And this is only the parliamentary watchdogs.

    Find it HERE


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    Re: Energy companies going to hit us even harder this winter ?

    Post by zathrus on Thu 09 Sep 2010, 11:01 am

    Okey-dokey !

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