‘Don’t pay’ campaign neglected by Ofgem

Ofgem Chief Executive is going to discourage people from joining campaigns for an energy cost strike.

Tens of thousands have previously put their names to a agreement to cancel their direct debit payments for energy bills from 1st October.

Following the statement of the quarterly price cap review methodology, during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Jonathan Brearley warned about the potential negative impact this could create.

“I know everyone is extremely worried about paying their energy bill, but absolutely I would not encourage anyone to join a campaign like this for two reasons, Mr Brearley stated.

“First of all, it will drive up costs for everyone across the board. And secondly, if you are facing difficulty in paying your bill, the best thing you can do is get in touch with your energy company.”

The energy regulator’s boss said people should make certain they get access to all the support that is applicable so that they do not pay more than is necessary.

Jonathan Brearley added: “I would not encourage anyone to withhold their paying their bill because that just damages things further and it will impact them personally.”

In recent weeks, experts have called for additional government help as the package disclosed in May, which includes a £400 discount paid over the course of 6 months, does not mirror the recent estimates on winter energy bills.

Queried about the reason Ofgem had not yet taken additional measures to take massive pressure off customers’ shoulders, containing cutting standing charges, Mr Brearley stated: “Let me just give an example of the trade off you face. If we take money off the standing charge, which we may well do, we are considering that that goes on to what’s called volumetric charge, which means the more you use, you will pay even more.

“There are no easy answers in the market right now.”

‘Don’t pay’ campaign neglected by Ofgem

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